A blockage outside the heart can be just as dangerous as a heart attack.
A blood clot in the coronary arteries can cause a heart attack. But a blood clot in a large vein somewhere else in the body, called venous thromboembolism (VTE), can also end in a medical emergency. Fortunately, the risk factors for heart attacks and "vein attacks" are similar, and therefore VTE is preventable. And if you do develop a clot, treatment with anticoagulant medications can protect you from developing another.
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