Hospitalized patients are especially at risk because of long bed rest and little activity. They are also more likely to have had a recent heart attack, or given birth, or had some sort of injury to the lower body, which increase the risk of blood clotting.
If a blood clot travels to the lungs, it can cause a blockage — known as a pulmonary embolism (PE) or lung clot — a third of all lung clots cause death.
The good news is that blood clots are usually preventable: special elastic stockings, “pulsing boots” and medications to thin the blood are effective.
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