Thrombosis is the formation or the presence of a clot inside a blood vessel or chamber of the heart. Clots can block or obstruct blood flow, as well as cause serious complications if the clot moves to the brain or the lungs.
Blood clots can form in the veins or arteries. One of the more commonly known blood clots in the veins is called deep vein thrombosis. Maybe you’ve heard warnings about developing this during long airline flights.
Blood clots in arteries can cause strokes and heart attacks because the blockages reduce the oxygen supply to heart cells. And if a blood clot breaks free and travels around the body, it can obstruct the blood flow to the brain or the lungs. This process is known as an embolism.
Call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms:
Call your doctor if you have swelling, redness, numbness or pain in an arm or leg. At Mercy, heart and vascular specialists are dedicated to diagnosing and treating conditions related to blood clots.
Our vascular team will evaluate your symptoms and develop a treatment plan focused on your needs. We’ll not only provide you with advanced treatment options, but also help you make lifestyle changes that could reduce your risk for blood clots as well as serious complications.
Doppler ultrasound is most often used to detect thrombosis. This technology uses sound waves to check the blood flow in your arteries and veins and locate clots that might be blocking the blood flow.
Treatment begins right away to reduce the chance that the blood clot will grow or that a piece of the clot might break loose and flow to your lungs. This may include: