Blood Clots

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center -  - Vascular Surgeon

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Vascular Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Port Jefferson Station, NY & Hauppauge, NY

Undiagnosed blood clots are a serious condition that requires the expertise of the medical team at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. The skilled vascular specialists offer on-site diagnostics, treatment, and prevention services for blood clots at their locations in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, and Riverhead, New York. The Port Jefferson Station office also offers surgical suites for minimally invasive blood clot removal surgery. If you have symptoms of a blood clot, don’t delay an evaluation. You can book an appointment online or by calling the office nearest you today.

Blood Clots Q & A

What are blood clots?

Blood clots are clumps of blood that form inside a blood vessel. While clotting is necessary to prevent blood loss when you have an open wound, some blood clots can obstruct healthy blood flow throughout your body.

There are two types of blood clots. A thrombosis is a clot that stays where it forms without traveling to other areas of your body.

You can also develop an embolism, a type of clot that moves through the bloodstream to another part of your body, such as the lungs. An embolism can lead to life-threatening health complications and even death if not properly treated.

What causes blood clots?

Blood clots can form if you sit for long periods of time, or if you’re on bedrest due to illness or surgery. You may also be at increased risk for blood clots due to:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic inflammatory disease

If you take hormone replacement therapy or use hormonal birth control, you may also have a higher-than-normal risk for developing blood clots.

What are the symptoms of a blood clot?

Your symptoms depend on where you develop a blood clot. Clots can form in any area of your body but are most common in your:

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Lungs
  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Stomach

Clots that form in the arms or legs can cause swelling and painful cramps. Clots in the stomach can lead to severe stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

If an embolism travels to your heart or lungs, you may experience chest tightness and pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. With a lung clot, also known as a pulmonary embolism, you may also cough up blood.

Blood clots in your brain can result in weakness in your face and limbs, disturb your vision, and cause headaches and dizziness.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to call Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center right away.

How are blood clots treated?

Treatment for blood clots depends on where the clot is located. In many cases, you can expect to take blood thinners or clot-busting drugs. In some cases, your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center doctor may deliver medications directly to a clot through a long, thin tube.

If a blood clot has the potential to become life-threatening, your vascular surgeon may recommend surgery to remove the clot.

Don’t delay evaluation of blood clot symptoms. You can book an appointment at the office nearest you online or by phone today.