Emergency Care

Personalized care for blood clots in the legs

Blood clots in the leg often form in the deep veins of the thigh and calf. These types of blood clots are usually deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Because these clots can break away and travel to the lung, they can lead to a pulmonary embolism (PE) and become life-threatening. To prevent serious complications, Goshen Hospital Emergency Department uses the latest technology to treat blood clots in Goshen, IN.

For communities in Elkhart County, our emergency room provides 24/7 care for a wide range of acute illnesses, including blood clots in the arm, lung and brain. When you and your family need expert emergency services, visit our ER on High Park Avenue.

When to seek emergency care

Many people don’t know they have a blood clot until they have symptoms of PE, including coughing up blood and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of a blood clot in the leg include:

  • Cramping
  • Pain
  • Warmth
  • Redness and swelling

If you experience signs of a blood clot in the leg or a pulmonary embolism, seek immediate medical care.

Causes and prevention

Blood clots have a higher chance of forming when blood pools in the legs. Immobility is a leading cause of blood accumulating in the veins.

Other risk factors include:

  • Injury to the inside of a vein from surgery, vasculitis and serious fractures
  • Medical conditions that increase the blood’s capacity to clot
  • Medications that increase the risk of clotting such as birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy

Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and following your doctor’s recommendations for caring for a chronic condition can keep your veins healthy and help prevent blood clots.

Treating blood clots in the leg at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department

Emergency treatment for a blood clot may focus on stopping the clot from growing, preventing it from reaching the lung and lowering your risk for having another blood clot. Personalized treatment depends on your specific diagnosis. At Goshen Hospital Emergency Department, our interventions include noninvasive compression stockings, inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement and medications.

For advanced treatment for a variety of medical emergencies, come to our ER for compassionate care.

Goshen Hospital Emergency Department diagnoses and treats blood clots in the leg in Goshen, IN.