Blood Clots and Stroke

Blood Clots and Stroke

Blood Clots and Stroke

Picture showing a blood clotBlood clots form to try to repair damage that occurs to blood vessels, and they are formed by fibrin and platelets to help stop bleeding. However, it’s possible for blood clots to inappropriately form inside veins or arteries, causing problems due to decreased blood flood. Many different conditions and lifestyle choices may cause blood clots, such as pregnancy, heart conditions, surgery, hereditary clothing disorders, some medications, and smoking. When blood clots are in your legs, or in more critical areas, such as the brain, lungs, or heart, medical attention is needed.

In some cases, blood clots form and have no symptoms. However, hallmark symptoms that may come with a blood clot include:

  • Skin redness
  • Pain when you stand or put weight on a leg
  • A warm, localized spot in a leg or arm
  • Unexplained swelling in a leg or arm
  • Soreness in a leg or arm

It’s possible for blood clots to turn into a life-threatening issue that requires emergency care. Here’s a look at symptoms that mean you need to seek emergency care immediately.

Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) may include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pressure, tightness, palpitations, or pain
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weak pulse
  • Sudden cough

Symptoms of a heart attack (blood clot in the heart arteries) may include:

  • Chest pain that radiates to the belly, jaw, arm, shoulder, or face
  • Sweating
  • Severe indigestion
  • Chest pressure, tightness, palpitations, or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Symptoms of a stroke (blood clot in the brain) may include

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Sudden loss of your coordination
  • Breathing or respiratory problems, such as labored breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal reactivity to light or pupil size
  • Sudden onset of vision issues
  • Sudden paralysis, numbness, or weakness in one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking that comes on suddenly
  • Unexplained, sudden headache
  • Inability to understand speech or problems speaking

Always Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of the symptoms of a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately. Even a blood clot in the leg can become a serious issue if it dislodges and moves to the heart, lungs, or the brain. Blood clots in the brain, heart, and lungs can be deadly and should be treated immediately. Every minute counts when it comes to blood clots of any kind.

At Pinnacle ER, we’re qualified and equipped to handle all types of blood clots, including strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms. We have EKG, cardiac monitoring, ventilation, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic tools and services available on site to diagnose and treat blood clots and accompanying medical problems. To prevent serious complications, including death, visit Pinnacle ER right away if you suspect you have a blood clot.


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