Blood Clots and Pulmonary Embolisms in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats blood clots and pulmonary embolisms for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
Your blood clots when it comes into contact with certain substances that promote the development of a blood clot. This characteristic of blood is critical for stopping blood flow from wounds, but it can also cause serious medical concerns when clots form in other areas of the body. Your blood contains a type of cholesterol plaque that may not cause problems. But if the plaque ruptures, special substances are released that promote blood clotting. The blood clot may stick to the side of the blood vessel or break free and travel through your circulatory system to your brain, heart, or lungs. Blood clots can become lodged in the vessels and cause significant health problems such as stroke, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolisms.
Pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots that suddenly block the major artery that feeds blood to your lungs. Smaller clots may decrease but not stop blood flow to your lungs, causing damage to the lungs. Larger clots, however, stop all blood flow to your lungs and can be fatal. In the United States, approximately 300,000 people are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms.
Am I at Risk for Blood Clots and Pulmonary Embolisms?
You are at risk for developing blood clots and pulmonary embolisms if you are inactive for long periods of time, such as while you recover from surgery or an illness, or when you travel long distances. Some surgeries place you at risk for developing blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, such as procedures on your legs, hips, stomach, or brain. Other risk factors for blood clots and pulmonary embolisms include the following:
- Certain diseases, such as cancer, heart failure, stroke, or severe infections
- Pregnancy and childbirth, with women who have cesarean sections at higher risk
- Birth control pills and hormone therapy
- Adults over the age of 70 years old
- Being overweight or obese
What Are the Symptoms of Blood Clots and Pulmonary Embolisms?
The majority of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms are caused by clots in the legs that break free and travel to the lungs. Clots that are near the surface of the skin are not as likely to cause problems, but blood clots in the deeper veins, known as deep vein thrombosis, represent a significantly higher risk. The most common symptoms of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms are as follows:
- Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly
- Sharp chest pain that worsens with coughing and deep breathing
- Coughing that produces pink, foamy mucous
- Other general symptoms, such as anxiety, significant sweating, lightheadedness, fainting, rapid heartbeat, and heart palpitations
How Does the Vanguard Way Help Me with Blood Clots and Pulmonary Embolisms?
The highly experienced and certified registered vascular technologists at Vanguard Vascular & Vein have access to our state-of-the-art lab to provide you with advanced ultrasound imaging services. These non-invasive procedures provide us with an in-depth understanding of your vascular system and help us diagnose blood clots and pulmonary embolisms.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.