2020 was a year that brought drastic change and fear to the entire planet. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a wide spread loss of human life, caused by an infectious disease that continues to evolve into a new variant before we can contain its predecessor. The pandemic has put the future of human life, as we know it, at risk. COVID-19 continues to perplex medical professionals, doctors, and health experts around the globe, backed with a number of health risks associated with it. As the pandemic treads on, hospitals are receiving an increasing number of patients with blood clots in their brain, legs, and lungs. Medical professionals have uncovered more risks of transmitting the virus, such as the onset of more serious diseases like heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, and more.
In Los Angeles county, the development of blood clots in one particular COVID-19 patient had become so drastic that doctors had to amputate his right leg. Blood clotting is a serious condition, and if left untreated, can damage your heart, brains, lungs, and other organs. This damage results in or long-term complications or even death. If you or a loved one have been suffering from blood clotting, regardless of the underlying catalyst, contact us today to consult with a vascular specialist about treatment and interventional care.
Factors That Trigger Your Blood Clotting System
The COVID-19 virus triggers severe bodily inflammation that stimulates the clotting system. To put it into simpler words, if you fall and skin your knee, your immune system will immediately react to the injury by activating the clotting system. Likewise, whenever your body encounters an infection (like COVID-19), it triggers production of antibodies to circulate through the blood – causing potential clotting in already immune compromised individuals.
Furthermore, patients that are suffering from COVID-19 and spending time in quarantine are far less physically active. This immobility and lack of blood circulation that is otherwise enabled through exercise and movement, leads to a higher risk of vascular disorders. In both cases of immobility and inflammation, an individual is even more prone to blood clotting in the legs and lungs. Individuals suffering from other health factors like cancer, obesity, or diabetes may be at increased risk of virus stimulated clotting.
So… What’s The Treatment For Blood Clots?
With the spread of new medical information, healthcare workers have altered the way they treat COVID-19 patients – focusing on blood clotting and other vascular focused issues. New and improved guidelines have been introduced into the medical field to more efficiently manage COVID-19 patients suffering from blood clot issues.
Clotting caused by COVID-19 can be prevented with simpler treatments such as: inflatable cushions for the calves, compression socks, and small injections of blood thinning medications. On the other hand, if the clotting becomes more active, full doses of blood thinners will be utilized to avoid high-bleeding risk.
A vascular surgeon will be the most efficient specialist to consult for treatment of blood clotting. At Laser Vascular Center, we offer treatment options for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Peripheral Artery Disease. We will also monitor the patient and perform regular checkups to prevent symptoms from progressing to the point of amputation or death.
How Do I Prevent Blood Clots?
There are preventative measures that can be taken to keep blood clotting at bay. In addition to a timely doctor’s visit, you must avoid triggers that can worsen the current state of your case.
Take a look into our article about blood clotting triggers and how to steer clear of that hospital visit! While we do work to try and inform the world of these cautionary measures, the best (and most efficient) step you can take is to visit a vascular specialist for consistent treatment, monitoring, and examination.
COVID-19 continues to perplex medical professionals, doctors, and health experts around the globe. As the pandemic treads on, medical professionals have adapted to an array of secondary health complications it has caused such as, the onset of more serious diseases like heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, and more.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you or a loved one are experiencing:
- Leg swelling
- Leg heaviness
- Cramping or Charlie horse
- Leg pain
- Muscle pulling sensation
- Difficulty breathing
- Heart beat racing
Contact us today to begin treatment with our vascular specialists.
You will be seen by one of our Vascular surgeons, and well on the right track to a healthy prognosis. We have office locations all around Arizona, including Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Paradise Valley, Sun City, Scottsdale, Buckeye, and Prescott!
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