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Blood clotting is the body’s way to stop bleeding from a wound. However, when blood clots form inside a blood vessel in your body, they can quickly become a serious medical concern.
Blood clots that grow or break loose can cause a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or stroke. If you have blood clot symptoms on California’s Central Coast, seek emergency care at Dignity Health. Try InQuicker, an online tool you can use to let us know when you expect to arrive at one of our local hospitals.
The location of a blood clot in your body determines specific blood clot symptoms. Blood clots in legs can cause numbness, cramping, tenderness, and a bluish skin discoloration. If you have a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), you may have pain in your chest, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Signs of a blood clot in the brain include speech problems, weakness, and changes in vision. Vomiting, diarrhea, and severe stomach pain can indicate an abdominal blood clot. If a blood clot travels to the heart, you can experience heart attack symptoms that include sweating, chest pain, and trouble breathing.
Your doctor will discuss your symptoms with you to provide a complete and accurate diagnosis. Our doctors follow a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect when recommending treatment for your healing and well-being.
Blood clot treatment depends on the location of the clot. Blood clots in a vein, or venous blood clots, are best treated with blood thinners. These medicines prevent a clot from growing and help blood move past it. Your doctor also may suggest placing a filter in the vena cava, the large vein that provides blood to your heart. Doing this prevents the clot from traveling to your lungs or heart.
Arterial clots present a much more serious medical condition, often requiring emergency treatment. Your doctor may recommend clot-busting drugs or a catheter procedure that removes or breaks up the clot.
To prevent blood clots from developing in your body, stay active, maintain a healthy weight, and follow your doctor’s orders for treating any other medical conditions. Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health Central Coast if you are at risk of developing blood clots.
Dignity Health emergency doctors provide personalized treatment for blood clots on the Central Coast of California.