If you are a victim of blood clots, you know how frightening it can be. When blood clots in the veins of your arms or legs, you can feel tenderness, warmth or sudden bouts of pain that are alarming. When they appear in your abdominal area, you may be faced with bouts of diarrhea or vomiting, as well as intense pain. If blood clots appear in your lungs or heart, your breathing can be affected. Clots can even appear in the brain, affecting your vision, your speech and your motor skills.
The biggest fear with a blood clot is that it can block the flow of your blood to your organs. Kidney failure, stroke and pulmonary embolisms are only a few of the complications that can come with blood clots. When you are given a diagnosis of blood clots, the first thing you want to do is find a solution to prevent disaster from happening inside of your body. Catheter-directed thrombolysis could help you to have peace of mind.
Understanding Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis
Catheter-directed thrombolysis is a procedure that is designed to dissolve blood clots before they can pose a serious threat to your health. Through the use of medical imagery and the injection of a contrast fluid, our doctor will pinpoint the precise location of your blood clot. A catheter is then inserted into your vein to allow a medication to be inserted into the catheter in order to dissolve your blockage. Once the blockage has been safely dissolved, you will no longer have to be concerned about a clot causing further complications with your health.
Is Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis Right for You?
If you are suffering from deep vein thrombosis and have clots that are deeply embedded in your veins, catheter-directed thrombolysis could help you. It’s useful for clots in the chambers of the heart, pulmonary embolisms in the lungs or clots that form in your arms or legs. Once your clot is treated, you will need to follow through with our doctor about steps that you can take to get to the root of your condition. Blood thinners, changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle changes can help you to reduce the chance of more clots in the future.
In some cases, your clot may be in an area that can’t be reached by a catheter. Surgery or other options may be necessary to effectively deal with your blood clots. Only our doctor will be able to advise you on the best alternative in your situation.
Ask Our Doctor About Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis
Blood clots are frightening, but you can take charge and do something to protect yourself from further harm. Visit Peripheral Vascular Associates to talk with our experts about catheter-directed thrombolysis. A relatively simple procedure could provide you with the relief that you are looking for when it comes to dealing with blood clots. The last thing you want to do is to ignore them. Catheter-directed thrombolysis could help. We have locations in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.