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Blood and Blood Vessel Message Board

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I had a blood clot in my right calf 2 or 3 yrs ago. Was in the hospital, received heparin IV and Coumadin, and then was on Coumadin for 6 months until the protimes stabilized. I was told by my Doc that the clot does not dissolve but stabilizes against the wall of the vein so it does not break loose and cause an embolism. Collateral (?) circulation takes over. In my mind I understand what that means, but I can't explain it. I was kind of nervous to go off Coumadin, but the Doc knew best. This is just to tell you of the experience I had. Good luck to you. Maggie

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