26015blood clots in veins vs. arteries
- Dec 1, 2006Hi Sue,
How is Pepper today?
I wanted to add some thoughts about deep vein thrombosis. I've had phelbitis twice, and
what you describe corresponds with my symptoms (except the bitting of the leg). I was
given blood thinning meds, as well as cortizone to reduce the inflammation. With the
second attack, I had to keep my foot higher than my heart for a week. I have bad veins and
valves and have had trouble in both legs, though one is worse.
The way I understand it, blood clots in the artery travel from the heart until they get to a
narrow spot. Fresh blood and oxygen aren't getting to the area after the clot, and tissues
can't work without the blood flow. That is what happens with saddle thrombosis and why
the legs are cold.
With veins, the blood has spent it's oxygen and is making the long trip back to the lungs
and heart. There are also valves along the vein that help "push" the blood along it's way.
With people, and I assume with cats, where the clot is matters alot. Your veins are smaller
at the extremities and get increasingly larger as they get closer to the body core, A small
clot can block a vein near the foot, but won't be big enough to block the blood flow in the
groin. The blood backs up and becomes stagnant, which lead to inflammation, swelling
I hope this helps.
Debby, Maggie's Mom
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