Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a term that includes both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. When a blood clot forms in a deep vein in the body, it is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When that blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs it is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). Watch this animation to learn about the risk factors, causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of dangerous VTE blood clots.
This animation explains the medications and treatments most commonly used for venous thromboembolism (VTE), as well as how they work and how they are taken. The main types of treatments are anticoagulants (also called blood thinners) and thrombolytic therapy (also called clot busters). The use of compression stockings and vena cava filters are also explained.
If you have had a dangerous blood clot (also known as venous thromboembolism, or VTE) you may be at risk for getting another one. This animation explains the different steps you can take to prevent another blood clot from developing. Patients who have had a dangerous blood clot should be alert to the signs of VTE for the rest of their lives. If you have had a VTE in the past, be sure to talk to your doctor about ways you can prevent VTE and reduce your risk of life-threatening complications.