A solid mass of blood. Its function is to develop at the site of wounds to stop blood loss. However, clots may form inappropriately within the blood vessels, for example if the blood is flowing too slowly. Blood clots within blood vessels can block the blood supply to certain parts of the body.
A thrombus is a clot which forms inside of a blood vessel. If that clot moves inside the vessel it is referred to as an embolus (embolism). The presence of atherosclerotic plaque lining blood vessel walls is a significant stimulus for clot formation. see embolism, thrombosis.
A mass of thickened blood formed by clotting factors in the blood. This clot can stop the flow of blood from an injury. Blood clots can form inside an artery whose walls are damaged by atherosclerotic plaques and can cause a heart attack or stroke. A blood clot and thrombosis are the same.
Clotted blood consits of a network of fibrin holding thrombocytes. It originates from the enzymatic reaction of thrombin and fibrin. To dissolve and prevent bloodclotting fibrinolytic and anticoagulating agents are being used.
A jelly-like mass of blood tissue formed by clotting factors in the blood, which can stop the flow of blood. Blood clots can cause a heart attack or stroke when they form inside an artery whose walls are damaged by atherosclerosis.
An abnormal condition of the veins in which a blockage occurs due to the aggregation of platelets, fibrin and cellular elements of the blood attaching to the interior walls of a vein or artery. Also called thrombosis.
A clump of blood cells (red cells and platelets) held together by strands of protein (fibrin). Blood clots form when a blood vessel is injured or when blood flow is sluggish (as in AF). Back to Previous Page
a semi-solid element made up of red blood cells held in a fibrous network. Blood clots normally plug injured arteries. When they form abnormally and migrate into arteries, they may cause an arterial occlusion and an ischemia or an infarction. They can be dissolved by means of a fibrinolytic therapy, which destroys fibers and frees red blood cells.
A mass of blood tissue formed by clotting factors in the blood. Clots can stop the flow of blood from an injury. They can also form inside an artery whose walls are damaged by atherosclerotic buildup (causing a heart attack or stroke).