When you have a cut or gash, your blood clots at the wound site to stop the wound from bleeding. But, blood clots are dangerous and life threatening when they form inside blood vessels. Parts of the blood clot, also known as a thrombosis, can break loose and physically block the flow of blood to your lungs, heart, or brain.
Our board-certified doctors at Dignity Health Southern California excel in blood clot diagnosis and treatment. Use our online waiting tool, InQuicker, to select an estimated arrival time when you need emergency treatment for blood clots in Southern California.
We are equipped to handle blood clots and other cardiovascular conditions at all of our locations:
Blood Clot Diagnosis at Dignity Health Southern California
Our experienced doctors are excellent diagnosticians. In addition to capturing your health history and your symptoms, your doctor may request emergency imaging to precisely locate a suspected blood clot.
Blood clot symptoms vary depending on the location of the blood clot:
- A blood clot in your brain can cause symptoms of stroke
- A blood clot that travels to your heart can cause signs and symptoms of heart attack
- A blood clot in a leg vein, known as deep vein thrombosis, can result in mild cramping, tenderness, numbness, and even a bluish color around the clot area
- A blood clot in your lung, known as pulmonary embolism, causes shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough
Always call 911 for signs and symptoms of stroke, heart attack, or pulmonary embolism to receive immediate medical attention.
Blood Clot Treatment
Blood clots can form in an artery or vein. For venous clots, our doctors prescribe anticoagulant medicine (also known as a blood thinner) to help blood flow past the clot and aid in blood clot prevention. Your doctor may also recommend a surgical procedure to stop the clot from entering your heart or lungs.
For an arterial clot, you may need emergency treatment at Dignity Health Southern California. Your doctor may use a clot-busting drug (a thrombolytic) or a surgical procedure to break up or remove the clot.
Contact Dignity Health Southern California for more information on diagnosis, treatment, and managing your risk factors for blood clots. Use our Find a Doctor tool today to make an appointment with one of our board-certified doctors.
You can depend on our skilled doctors and nurses for comprehensive treatment of blood clots in Southern California at Dignity Health.