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i have just been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. do i need to take blood thinners for the rest of my life?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
No: If this is your first clot national guidelines recommend 6-12 months of blood thinner.
Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology 27 years experience
Sometimes: It depends. If you have a strong family history of clots in the veins called dvt's or pulmonary embolism you should have a thrombophilia workup as some genetic factors can increase your risk of more dvt's. It also depends if the clot was provoked such as trauma surgery etc or unprovoked.
Dr. Ted King
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If you have an unprovoked DVT and a family history of clotting, there is a very good chance that you have a thrombophilia. As Dr. Hansen said, in that case you need to have blood tests to assess whether that is the case or not. If you have a thrombophilia, you may need to be on blood thinners for the rest of your life. on the other hand, if you have had your first episode of a DVT and there
Mar 2, 2012
Dr. Ted King
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was a reason for the clot to develop, you may only need to be on blood thinners for 3-6 months.
Mar 2, 2012
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: Mostly on location of the clot combined with your history, work up, family history. If it is a first clot in th caf with no other significant history no, .
Dr. Ted King
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Maybe not: If you have an unprovoked DVT and a family history of clotting, there is a very good chance that you have a thrombophilia. As dr. Hansen said, in that case you need to have blood tests to assess whether that is the case or not. If you have a thrombophilia, you may need to be on blood thinners for the rest of your life. On the other hand, if you have had your first episode of a DVT and there.
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was a reason for the clot to develop, you may only need to be on blood thinners for 3-6 months.
Apr 7, 2012

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