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Blood clots may pose a serious threat to patient safety

There can be few things quite as frightening to people as an invisible, yet life-threatening illness that carries little to no symptoms. The attorneys at DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., have represented numerous Rhode Island clients who were harmed by doctors who failed to diagnose serious medical conditions.

Blood clots are a potentially serious medical emergency, states the Mayo Clinic. When blood clots in a deep vein or artery, it can travel to other parts of the body and wreak havoc. Clots that form in the legs may move to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (lung failure). A heart attack may be caused by a blood clot that forms in a heart artery, while a clot originating in a chamber of the heart may cause a stroke if it breaks loose and travels to the brain. Some of the factors that may contribute to blood clots include the following:

  • Certain medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Obesity or high blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Blood clots may also form if you sit for long periods of time, have spent time on bed rest or after you’ve had surgery. There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing blood clots. These include walking around frequently if you’re required to sit for long periods or moving as soon as possible after recovering from surgery. Controlling weight or high blood pressure may also help, as well as quitting smoking.

You may rely on a doctor to accurately diagnose a serious medical condition, but this does not always happen, in which case you may wish to seek compensation. Learn more about preventing hospital mistakes by visiting our page.

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