Certain health problems let the blood to clot too easily. The clots can form and stick in any blood vessel or in the heart. Areas of damage, like a defective heart valve, are ideal places for clots to stick and grow. The heart valve may be scarred from an illness or a birth defect.
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The goal is to stop the growth of more clots. This will help to prevent complications like a stroke. Medicine can make it harder for blood to clot. This can stop clots, but also increase the risk of bleeding.
Related conditions that increase the risk of blood clots will also need to be treated.
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