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January 1st, 2013
10:03 AM ET

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains blood clots

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the hospital with a blood clot in her head between her brain and her skull. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta breaks down Mrs. Clinton’s condition.

Simply stated, he says, “Blood goes to the brain and blood has to leave the brain. If the blood does not leave the brain, the brain will start to swell. There’s no place for the blood to go and that’s why it’s so important to make these clots go away.”

Her doctors have been very positive with the Secretary’s condition. Dr. Gupta says, “They’ve been very detailed, no stroke. This can cause a stroke, which hasn’t happened. No neurological complications as a result of this. I’ve read these statements very carefully to make sure they’re saying the things we need to be hearing.”

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  1. Sergio Brissett

    Blood clotting, or coagulation, is an important process that prevents excessive bleeding when a blood vessel is injured. Platelets (a type of blood cell) and proteins in your plasma (the liquid part of blood) work together to stop the bleeding by forming a clot over the injury. Typically, your body will naturally dissolve the blood clot after the injury has healed. Sometimes, however, clots form on the inside of vessels without an obvious injury or do not dissolve naturally. These situations can be dangerous and require accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.^...,

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    June 9, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Wendell R. Coleman

    This criticism is directed at your resident "medical expert" Dr Gupta. I don't want to be one of those internet know-it-all's that nit-picks every word your talking-heads use but as a long time healthcare provider I just wish he (Gupta) would stop misusing the term "blood thinner" in his explainations of Mrs Clinton's clot. Technically, the only "blood thinner" is water, which would make the blood less viscid (thick). What all the various news reports are trying to say is that they are using anti-coagulants like Coumadin or low-dose aspirin to prevent the blood from clotting further but that doesn't do anything for breaking up the clot that has apparently already formed. so, when they repeated say they are "treating her clot with blood-thinners", they are wrong times two! The use of another class of drug such as TPA (tissue plasminogen activator) is how you would actually treat a clot! I realise you are trying to dumb-down your explaination so that the general public will somewhat understand but if you're going to keep trotting out a medical expert for a more in-depth explaination, her sould at least use more precise terminology!

    January 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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