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BLOOD CLOTS

WHAT IS A BLOOD CLOT?

Any time blood stops dripping or running through your blood vessels it has “clotted.”  This is a good thing when you are bleeding and your body forms a clot, or a scab.  Blood clots that form in arteries or veins can cause big problems, sometimes life-threatening or limb -threatening problems.  Blood clots can occur anywhere in the body that you have blood vessels which means just about anywhere.  The most common place a clot occurs is in the brain, neck, legs and arms.

A clot in the brain can cause a stroke and should you have signs of a stroke you should IMMEDIATELY CALL 9-1-1.

SYMPTOMS OF STROKE

These symptoms include: onset of weakness that is primarily on one side of your body, facial droop, difficulty speaking, or walking.  This is a medical emergency and you should call an ambulance to get you to a hospital-based emergency room as rapidly as possible.  A blood clot in the arteries can cause a limb-threatening emergency.  If you have fairly rapid, sudden pain in your hands or feet, it is getting cool to the touch, bluish in color and you cannot feel a pulse you should seek care immediately in an emergency room.

SYMPTOMS OF STROKE?

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF STROKE CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.  If you have general questions, we’re available Sunday-Thursday, 10AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM

DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS, also known as DVT, is a term for a blood clot most commonly found in the leg veins, although there will be similar symptoms if you have one in the veins of your arm.  W care about DVTs because they can break off and go to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism which can be life threatening emergency.

SYMPTOMS OF DVT:

  • swelling
  • cramping
  • tenderness
  • increased discomfort with movement

 

WHO IS AT RISK?

Anyone who has experienced the following is at risk for blood clots:

  • leg fractures
  • surgery
  • major trauma
  • stroke with decreased ability to move
  • cancer patients
  • use of hormones or oral contraceptives (greater risk if you smoke as well)
  • pregnancy
  • travel without much movement for 8 hours or more

 

HOW DO WE DIAGNOSE A DVT?

An ultrasound of the legs is used to diagnose DVTs

HOW DO WE TREAT DVTs?

Blood clots are treated with anticoagulants which we can start you on in our Urgency Center.


If you are experiencing symptoms of blood clotting and you can safely come to ER Specialists, we would love to help you.  If you are alone or have any doubt about getting to our facility safely, or, believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911. 

CALL WITH BLOOD CLOT QUESTIONS

(719) 522-2727

Our staff is ready for you Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 A.M.- 11:00 P.M.

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  • What is a Blood Clot? - Any time blood stops dripping or running through your blood vessels it has “clotted.”  This is a good thing when you are bleeding and your body forms a clot, or a scab.  Blood clots that form in arteries or veins can cause big problems, sometimes life-threatening or limb -threatening problems.  Read More