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what to do if i have deep vein thrombosis, what should i do ?

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Dr. Joey Philip
20 years experience Radiology
Anticoagulation: If you think you might have a DVT, you need to go to the ER immediately and have a further work up- ie d -dimer test, doppler ultrasounds or CT angio of the chest to rule out a Pulmonary embolism. If the diagnosis is already made- you need to be anticoagulated - ie be placed on Coumadin (warfarin) or IV Heparin in the hospital to prevent a Pulmonary embolism.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
31 years experience Phlebology
DVT: If you have a deep vein thrombosis, it should be treated with anticoagulation. Depending on your circumstances and what the underlying cause is or what other comorbidities you have, the American Venous Forum has different guidelines as to what agents are recommended, i.e. subcutaneous lovenox or heparin, coumadin (warfarin) or the newer Factor Xa inhibitors, among others.
Answered on Mar 27, 2016
Dr. John Landi
47 years experience Phlebology
Anticoagulation: There are two kinds of blood clots-superficial and deep. Deep is the more serious and is also called dvt. The treatment for DVT is to first make the diagnosis usually with a venous ultrasound or cat scan. Next patients are placed on blood thinners of which there are many including heparin, coumadin, (warfarin) lovenox, pradaxa, xaralto, etc, the duration of treatment is dependent on many factors.
Answered on Apr 13, 2016
Dr. Norman Chideckel
42 years experience Vascular Surgery
Dvt: Once diagnosed treatment with anticoagulation is crucial as dvt can lead to pulmonary embolism
Answered on Mar 29, 2017

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