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Is it a life-threatening condition to have blood clots in the stomach?

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The most dangerous place for a blood clot is in the lungs or the brain, but a clot anywhere, including the abdomen, is potentially life-threatening because it sometimes breaks away and travels to those places, notes the American Society of Hematology and Marilynn Marchione for The Huffington Post. Clot symptoms anywhere necessitate medical attention.

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Is it a life-threatening condition to have blood clots in the stomach?
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If a blood clot forms in the abdomen, the most common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and intense abdominal pain, reports the American Society of Hematology. Even if those symptoms do not change, medical attention is necessary as the risks of the clot moving are high. The specific treatment the doctor chooses depends on a person's overall health and location of the clot.

As of 2015, common pharmaceutical treatments for blood clots include thrombolytics to dissolve the clots orally or through a surgically inserted catheter right at the clot, notes the American Society of Hematology. Anticoagulants are medicines that keep clots from developing. Thrombectomy refers to surgical removal of the clot, which is sometimes necessary.

Obesity, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle are risk factors for clots in the veins and arteries. People who suffer from trauma or have a family history of clotting, chronic inflammatory conditions and some cancers have elevated risk of clots in the veins. Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure increase the risk of clots in the arteries, states the American Society of Hematology.

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