It has been said that the body shies away from destruction. Everyone has that basic instinct of fight or flight and it comes from deep within. More than instinctual, the human body was born to fight to live. So when something as internal as blood clots happen, surely there are ways for the body to combat that as well?

Firstly, one must understand blood clots. This happens when the blood flow in a vein, for whatever reason, becomes stagnant and the blood congeals and clots within the vein, thereby stopping the flow. This could be due to a blockage (have you ever wrapped a rubber band around your finger only for the tip to go blue so quickly?) or simple lack of stimulation. The deep vein in the leg, for example, must be moved sporadically over a period of time in order for the blood to continue its circulation. If kept stationary for too long, the blood will cease to flow and this can cause a clot in the deep vein, thereby resulting into Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

DVT is often warned in long haul flights – otherwise known as flights that typically last for more than four hours – and passengers are advised to move around every so often in order to avoid this from happening. DVT can cause a series of medical maladies, including potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms – where clots travel to the lungs and stop the circulation of blood along that organ, thereby damaging it.

Smaller veins can usually repair themselves with no problem – such is the case with the temporary cut off of blood at the fingertips – and while there are known recoveries from DVT, sometimes it may be too late and the affected limb may need to be amputated in order to preserve the rest of the body.

This is only one example of how blood clots can be dangerous for the body as, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush, Habush, and Rottier S.C., sometimes even preventative measures such as Bard G2 IVC Filters (surgically implanted devices meant to capture clots by the inferior vena cava) may cause more harm than good, according to reports and complaints of affected previous patients.