[From our archives] Blood clots can be fatal – look out for the warning signs. Many people are dying preventable deaths from pulmonary embolisms or deep-vein thrombosis. Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels from the legs, where it normally starts, to the lungs and becomes fatal.
Correspondingly, can you die of a blood clot?
Yes, you can die of a deep vein thrombosis. Death in DVT cases typically occurs when the clot or a piece of it travels to the lung (pulmonary embolism). If a pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs, the prognosis can be more severe. About 25% of people who have a PE will die suddenly, and that will be the only symptom.