The ability of the blood to clot is an essential first step in wound healing. But sometimes, a person’s blood may have an overactive tendency to form clots, and this may become life-threatening. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear an interventional radiologist explain some of the problems that blood clots can cause. He also talks about an innovative treatment option with the advanced medical technology available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose—a widely recognized heart hospital.
Patients who have a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg, have deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot in the vein can break off and travel to the lungs, which obstructs blood flow in this essential part of the body. This medical condition, known as pulmonary embolism, is a potentially fatal event that requires emergency care.
Some patients are at a higher risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, including people affected by the following:
- Impaired mobility
- Poor blood circulation
- Elevated estrogen
- Heart or lung disease
To reduce the risk of these medical problems, patients can try the following:
- Getting up and walking around every hour or two
- Contracting the leg muscles frequently while sitting
- Maintaining a healthy weight
Blood clots that originally formed in the deep veins do not cause heart attacks, but clots that formed in the arteries can. This is called arterial thrombosis. This type of clot may travel to a blood vessel near the heart, interfering with blood flow there.
Call 911 right away if you or someone else has any signs of a possible heart attack, such as the following:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Pain that extends to the jaw, shoulders, back, arm or upper abdomen
- Shortness of breath
Most cases of stroke are ischemic, which means they are caused by a blood clot that deprives a region of the brain of oxygenated blood. Like the blood clots that cause heart attacks, these clots form in an artery . Emergency care is essential when the symptoms of a stroke develop.
- One-sided muscle weakness, numbness or paralysis
- Drooping of one side of a smile
- Excruciating headache
- Trouble walking
- Problems speaking or understanding speech
The emergency care and cardiovascular services available at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are second to none. The entire team at our heart hospital in San Jose is focused on healthcare excellence through our patient-centered approach and sophisticated medical technology. Call 911 for medical emergencies, or call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881 for general information.