Hypercoagulation | Overview


What is hypercoagulation?

When you get a cut, your body stops the bleeding by forming a blood clot, which is a thickened mass of blood tissue. Substances in your blood called proteins work with tiny particles called platelets to form the clot. Forming a clot is called coagulation. Coagulation helps when you are injured because it slows blood loss. However, your blood shouldn't clot when it's moving through your body inside your blood vessels. The tendency to clot too much is called hypercoagulation (say: hi-per-co-ag-u-lay-shun). It can be very dangerous.

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00