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Blood clots : a serious but preventable medical condition
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    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.))
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    Anyone can be at risk for blood clots, also known by the medical term venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is a serious and growing public health concern, occurring either as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).

    DVT occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins of the body, usually the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but they can also occur in other areas of the body such as the abdomen and arms. PE occurs when a blood clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. PE can be deadly.

    It is important to learn about VTE so that you can protect yourself.


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