Eli5 Does your body absorb all blood clots? How does it do it? Does location affect it?

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Eli5 Does your body absorb all blood clots? How does it do it? Does location affect it?

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Kind of. Your blood will dissolve clots over time. I’ve got a clotting disorder and need to take thinners to make that happen faster, but for most they break down clots naturally settlement on how much blood flow there is to an area and if there’s any muscle action to help break them up. They can be dangerous though when breaking up as the can travel to your heart, lungs or brain and cause death by blocking blood flow.

There’s an enzyme called plasmin in the body which degrades the fibrin that makes up a clot. After plasmin does its job the fibrin in the clot becomes fragments of d-dimer protein which is eventually excreted from the body by the kidneys.

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Had that too. Was told more often than not, patients suffering that come out of the ER toes up… Guess I was lucky.