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A 46-year-old male asked:

i have great swelling in my foot and calf had a dvt many years ago but leg does not radiate heat do i need heparin??

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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Activity level?: Probably don't need heparin but would strongly recommend compression stockings especially at times when you know you will be sitting, standing, or immobile for any long period. Daily aspirin 81mg probably a good idea if not allergic but for more potent blood thinning should have venous evaluation and vascular consult.
Dr. Mark Winters
Podiatry 36 years experience
HELLO! I would also add that with your history a good general evaluation with vascular workup is more than a good idea. Leg swelling can be due to both local ( lower limb ), issues but can also be due to systemic problems as well. ie: pulmonary or congestive heart issues.
Nov 7, 2014
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Dvt: Would recommend evaluation as quickly as possible Swelling is a real symptom of dvt even though other things can be at play

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