After diagnosis, first find out whether your clot is in an artery (vessels that carry blood away from the heart) or a vein (vessels that carry blood back to the heart from legs, arms, abdominal organs and brain). Clots in arteries may lead to stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke), heart attack and other conditions. Clots in veins may lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), together referred to as venous thromboembolism (VTE). Most commonly, a DVT occurs in a leg, but it can occur anywhere in the body, including an arm(s), abdomen and around the brain. A PE is a potentially life-threatening complication of DVT, and occurs when a blood clot breaks off, travels through the bloodstream and lodges in the lung.
Diagnosis of DVT, PE or VTE is a lot to deal with for a patient, not just physically, but also emotionally. Find more information below.