Heart & Blood Condition

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE VENOUS THROMBOSIS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is venous thrombosis during pregnancy?

Thrombosis is the clotting of blood inside a blood vessel, which obstructs the flow of blood through the vessel. The process can occur in arteries (blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to tissues) or in veins (blood vessels that return blood toward the heart). Arterial thrombosis (thrombosis in an artery) is usually caused by a disease process on the inner wall of the artery, whereas venous thrombosis (thrombosis in a vein) is usually the result of a problem involving the body's coagulation system, which is comprised of numerous clotting factors (substances that promote or accelerate blood clotting), anti-coagulation factors (substances that slow down blood clotting), and special cells called platelets (also called thrombocytes).


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