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Blood clots are a natural and important part of the body’s attempt to heal itself when injuries occur to a blood vessel. In some cases, however, unnecessary clots form. These can be dangerous because they can occlude, or block, the healthy flow of blood through the body and deprive organs of oxygen. Blood clots can also lead to a pulmonary embolism, often caused by a certain kind of clot called a DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Smoking, immobility, obesity, and diabetes are risk factors for developing blood clots. Treatments vary depending on the type of clot you have. Typically, medicines will be tried first. If those don’t work, your physician may suggest surgically removing the clot.