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P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE)? Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. Most DVTs occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body. A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus (EM-bo-lus). It can travel to an artery in the lungs and block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism, or PE. PE is a very serious condition. It can damage the lungs and other organs in the body and cause death. Blood clots in the thighs are more likely to break off and cause PE than blood clots in the lower legs or other parts of the body. Blood clots also can form in veins closer to the skin’s surface. However, these clots won’t break off and cause PE. C hapter 1 Learning Check! Click the button to take a short quiz on what you’ve learned in Chapter 1. 6


P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery
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