Prothrombin (Factor II)
Fibrinogen (Factor I)
Schematic of blood-clotting mechanisms.
Thrombin (Factor IIa)
Abnormal clot formations are often associated with conditions that change the endothelial linings of vessels. For example, in atherosclerosis, accumulations of fatty deposits change arterial linings, sometimes initiating inappropriate clotting. This is the most common cause of thrombosis in medium-sized arteries (fig. 14.20).
Coagulation may also occur in blood that is flowing too slowly. The concentration of clot-promoting substances may increase to a critical level instead of being carried away by more rapidly moving blood, and a clot may form. This event is the usual cause of thrombosis in
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