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Blood clots are made of blood cells and various clotting components. They are helpful when they stop blood flow from a wound. However, they can be dangerous if they form inside blood vessels. Blood clots can break loose, grow, and cut off blood supply to tissues and organs. A blood clot can cause a heart attack, stroke, and other serious problems.
Use the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, InQuicker, to select your estimated arrival time at the emergency room for blood clots in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Call 911 immediately if you or someone near your experiences signs of heart attack or stroke.
Certain factors can increase your risk of developing a blood clot, including:
Symptoms of blood clots vary depending on where they occur in the body:
Treatment of blood clots depends on whether the clot is in an artery or vein. Arterial clots are treated aggressively, often requiring emergency interventions. Sometimes a catheter-based procedure is used to remove or break up the clot. Thrombolytics, or clot-busting drugs, are another option.
For venous clots, anticoagulants (blood thinners) are used to help your blood flow past the clot and prevent the clot from growing You may also need a procedure to place a filter in the large vein that carries blood to your heart (vena cava). The filter will stop the clot from entering your heart or lungs.
You can help prevent blood clots by:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers emergency services, including treatment for blood clots, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.