Emergency Care

Lifesaving care for a blood clot in the brain

Your body’s vital functions depend on a healthy flow of blood and oxygen through the brain. A blood clot in the brain can disrupt this flow and lead to an ischemic stroke. It’s a life-threatening condition, and Goshen Hospital Emergency Department uses the latest innovations in health care to treat blood clots in the brain in Goshen, IN.

We are also proud to be a part of the StrokeCareNow Network to provide time-sensitive care for potential stroke patients who come to our Emergency Department. This telemedicine system connects the patient and stroke specialists in real time using iPad-based technology.

Symptoms to know

Learn the following symptoms to quickly recognize an ischemic stroke:

  • Drooping of the face, mouth or eyelid especially on one side
  • Confusion, disorientation or difficulty understanding speech
  • Difficulty walking or using the limbs on one side of the body
  • Severe headache
  • Passing out or losing consciousness
  • Slurred or garbled speech or the inability to speak
  • Sudden vision changes, weakness or numbness

What causes a blood clot in the brain?

The two primary causes of a blood clot in the brain are cerebral embolism and cerebral thrombosis.

  • Cerebral thrombosis develops from atherosclerosis or plaque buildup in the brain arteries. This causes inflammation and narrows the vessel. Eventually, a blood clot can form and completely block blood flow the brain.
  • Cerebral embolism is a blood clot or cholesterol plaque that forms somewhere else in the body and travels to the brain. Tiny fragments of heart valve can also break away, travel through the bloodstream and lodge in an artery supplying blood to the brain.

Dedicated to preventing and treating blood clots in the brain

Ischemic stroke is better treated at the first signs of it happening. Before you arrive to Goshen Hospital Emergency Department, our emergency team prepares for patients’ arrival using remote activation systems that streamline patients’ information. When it comes to treating an ischemic stroke, we strive to administer clot-busting drugs within three hours of symptoms beginning.

From preventive services that can help lower your risk for blood clots to acute treatment, we’re committed to saving lives and vital brain function. Visit our ER on High Park Avenue or the nearest emergency department for quality emergency care.

Goshen Hospital Emergency Department treats blood clots in the brain in Goshen, IN, with leading-edge technology.