Using a jet of saline to break up a blood clot
Expert Heart & Vascular Care
Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our heart or vascular specialists.
During this procedure, your doctor will guide a thin, flexible tube known as a catheter through a blood vessel to the site of the clot. A special pump will deliver a high-pressure jet of saline to the tip of the catheter. This creates a vacuum that breaks the clot into fragments and suctions the fragments out of the artery.
A blood clot that typically affects the legs and arms and can travel through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs or brain and cause a stroke or pulmonary embolism.
Venous thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in your veins.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the lungs’ arteries. It’s usually caused by a deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the legs or arms that travels to the lungs.
Arterial duplex ultrasound uses Doppler and traditional ultrasound to assess blood flow in the arteries of your arms and legs.
Chest X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the structures inside the chest, including the lungs, heart and chest wall.
The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.
Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.