Hillary Clinton: Blood Clot Recovery

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Thrombus Treatment

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Diagram of a blood clot: Image by Persian Poet Gal

Treatment of a thrombus, or blood clot, will depend on where the clot is located and the patient’s overall health.

One treatment option is to give anticoagulants (blood thinners) like heparin, which prevent your blood from clotting, prevent new clots from forming, and prevent the present clot from becoming larger.

After the initial shot or infusion of heparin, the patient will then typically be put on a pill form of blood thinners, according to the American Society of Hematology. Other treatments include surgery to remove the clot (thrombectomy) or catheter-directed thrombolysis.

Catheter-directed thrombolysis is a procedure where a tube called a catheter is inserted and directed to the clot to deliver medications to dissolve the blood clot. Fox News reports that Hillary Clinton’s thrombosis was treated via medication only, but she will need more medical tests completed since she had a previous blood clot in 1998.

Preventing Blood Clots

So how can you prevent blood clots from occurring? Take a look at your lifestyle choices. Which risk factors can you correct? Lose weight, quit smoking, and get up and get moving. Poor lifestyle choices don’t just raise your risk for developing blood clots, but increase your risk for other serious and potentially deadly diseases as well.

Blood clots are one of the most preventable types of blood disorders, which is good news. Take a good look at your lifestyle choices and see where you can make some positive changes. Blood clots are serious and can result in strokes, permanent damage, and even death, so talk with your doctor about your concerns.

Resources:

American Society of Hematology. Blood Clots. Accessed January 3, 2013.

CNN. Clinton discharged from New York Hospital. (2013). Accessed January 3, 2013.

Fox News. Hillary Clinton faints, falls, suffers concussion; officials site stomach virus. (2012). Accessed January 3, 2013.

Mayo Clinic. Deep vein thrombosis risk factors. (2011). Accessed January 3, 2013.

 

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