Xarelto Lawsuit Virginia Beach VA
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What is a Blood Clot?
Blood clots are common and one of the ways the body naturally protects itself. Unfortunately, blood clots can also be bad news. When they form in instances in which they are not necessary to stop excessive bleeding, they can lead to stroke, heart attack, and other medical problems.
Blood clots form to halt the flow of blood. When you cut your skin and it bleeds, the blood eventually clots, hardening at the site of the cut and preventing further bleeding. This type of clotting can save your life. Blood that is quick to clot in a situation like this can prevent excessive blood loss and speed the healing of injuries.
The formation of blood clots is a several step process. First, platelets form a plug. Platelets are a part of the blood that initiates clotting. When damage is done to the blood vessels, platelets rush to the area and clump together to form a plug. The platelets also release a substance that triggers additional chemical reactions in response to the injury.
Next, the chemical reaction causes the clot to grow. There are dissolved proteins in blood which prompt clotting. They signal each other and create a rapid chemical reaction that produces fibrin, which is the main protein that forms clots. This fibrin protein clot is stronger than the initial plug clot.
Though the clot must grow to stop the bleeding, you do not want your clot to grow uncontrollably. Eventually the blood in your body would stop flowing. Instead, the clot reaches a certain point and then anti-clotting proteins join the other proteins to create a balanced clot. This ensures the clot extends no further then it should.
Finally, the body begins to heal and break down the clot. The body produces an enzyme called plasmin, which dissolves the clot and causes it to be reabsorbed by the body.
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