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DVT, PE, Stroke: What’s the Difference? ZOLL, KRANZ & BORGESS, LLC 6620 West Central Ave. Suite 200 Toledo, OH 43617 Toll free: (888) 841-9623 www.toledolaw.com

DVT, PE and Stroke: What's the Difference?

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  • 1. DVT, PE, Stroke: Whats the Difference?
    ZOLL, KRANZ & BORGESS, LLC
    6620 West Central Ave. Suite 200
    Toledo, OH 43617
    Toll free: (888) 841-9623
    www.toledolaw.com
  • 2. DVT
  • 3. DVT
    DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis (throm-BO-sis)
    DVT is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a deep vein inside the body, usually in the legs.
    Clots can form in superficial veins and in deep veins. Blood clots with inflammation in superficial veins (called superficial thrombophlebitis or phlebitis) rarely cause serious problems. But clots in deep veins (DVT) require immediate medical care.
  • 4. DEEP VEINS
    Veins in the extremities carry blood to the heart and lungs, where the blood is oxygenated. As the blood returns to the heart from the lungs, the arteries carry the oxygen-rich blood out to the body. (From Medline Plus)
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  • 7. Venography
    This slide shows a DVT in the thigh region (circled). (DVT = Deep Vein Thrombosis)
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  • 9. DVT
    If part of a blood clot breaks off, it can travel through the bloodstream to the lung and cause a pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary EM-bo-lizm), often referred to as a PE, which can be fatal.
    DVT (i.e. a blood clot in a deep vein of the leg, pelvis, and sometimes arm) does not cause heart attack or stroke.
    (However, a blood clot in an artery, usually in the heart or brain, is called arterial thrombosis. This type of blood clot can cause heart attack or stroke.)
  • 10. PE
  • 11. PE
    • PE stands for pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary EM-bo-lizm)
    • 12. A PE is a sudden blockage in a lung artery.
    • 13. The blockage usually is due to a blood clot that traveled to the lung from a vein in the leg (i.e. a DVT).
    • 14. A clot that forms in one part of the body and travels in the bloodstream to another part of the body is called an embolus (EM-bo-lus).
    • 15. PE is a very serious condition. It can damage the lungs and other organs in the body and cause death.