Embolism term papers and essays

The term embolism describes a medical condition in which there is a block in one of the body’s arteries.  This block is caused by a blood clot that travels from it’s site of origin to the artery where it is too big to pass through, thus causing a blockage.  Because the clot is lodged in artery, the regular flow of blood through that particular artery is significantly slowed, or stopped entirely.  The blood clots that cause an embolism may come from various parts of the body, but one of the most common causes is due to a condition called deep vein thrombosis.  Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot manifests in the legs where the veins are larger, and then breaks free of that area and travels through the bloodstream to other areas of the body, such as the brain, heart, or lungs.  While a clot in the legs can cause pain, as well as other troublesome problems, a clot that travels to the brain, heart, or lungs can be deadly if it is not treated right away.  For example, a brain embolism can lead to a stroke, and an embolism in the heart can lead to the onset of a heart attack.  An embolism that manifests in the lungs is medically known as a pulmonary embolism, and can largely limit the blood supply to the lungs, which means that the oxygen being carried to and/or from the lungs is largely limited; which in turn limit’s the oxygenated blood supply to the entire body. 

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    # 47067 | 1,664 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
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    # 35608 | 2,900 words | 15 sources | APA | 2002 | US
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  • This paper examines the diagnostic accuracy of multislice angiography in the diagnosis of vascular disease compared to conventional angiography.
    # 104206 | 1,934 words | 12 sources | APA | 2008 | US
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