Are you at risk for a
life-threatening blood clot?

Venous Thromboembolism

What everyone needs to know about life-threatening blood clots (also called VTE for Venous Thromboembolism)

  • Each year about 300,000 to 600,000 Americans are affected by dangerous or even life-threatening blood clots.
  • A life-threatening blood clot is the third leading vascular diagnosis, after heart attacks and strokes.

There are two types of life-threatening blood clots:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a clot in a deep vein in the leg. It can also occur in the arm or other large veins.
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a clot breaks free and gets to the lungs, blocking some or all of the blood supply.

A life-threatening blood clot can lead to significant health problems including death, stroke, or another blood clot.

Who is at risk? A blood clot may affect anyone, but some people are at higher risk.

Learn more about these special risk factors.

More than one risk factor?

Any time you may have overlapping risks,
be sure your healthcare provider are aware.

Discover life-saving facts about symptoms, prevention and treatment of blood clots at heart.org/VTE.