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The term venous thromboembolism (VTE) is used to describe 2 conditions, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

DVT is a blood clot or thrombus in a deep vein. They are most common in the leg. But 1 may develop in the arm or other part of the body. Part of the clot, called an embolus, can break off and travel to the lungs. This is a pulmonary embolus (PE). 

Risk factors include:  

  • Overweight or obesity 
  • Blood clotting disorder 
  • Age over 60 years 
  • Previous surgery 
  • Birth control pills 
  • Certain diseases  

Treatment may include: 

  • Blood thinners (anticoagulant medicines). 
  • Clot busters (fibrinolytics or thrombolytics).   
  • Inferior vena cava filter 

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