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What is deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What is deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Blood clot...: A deep vein thrombosis, or dvt, is a blood clot in a deep vein (rather than a superficial one). These usually occur in the lower extremities. The concern is that these blood clots can migrate through the bloodstream and end up in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which can be life-threatening. The treatment for a DVT is usually blood thinners. ...Read more

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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your legs, if possible
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Ask your doctor if you have a genetic disposition to deep vein thrombosis
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What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Many factors: There are many factor which cause dvts: dehydration, stasis of the blood in the legs, smoking, trauma, family associated hereditary disease (thrombophilia), injuries, inactivity including hospital stays, long flights without activity, obesity. Certain surgical procedures can also predispose a person to DVT as well. I recommend you to speak to your physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How long are people with deep vein thrombosis (dvt) likely to live?

Quite Variable!: Since many things can contribute to dvts in the leg (see other posts), the life expectancy can be essentially normal, to quite reduced. It really depends on what, if anything, led to that person to have a clot. ...Read more

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For what length of time are people with with deep vein thrombosis (dvt) likely to live?

For what length of time are people with with deep vein thrombosis (dvt) likely to live?

A full life : A DVT can be effectively treated with anticoagulation and lead to a long and full life. Especially if the DVT was caused by an isolated event like a plane flight or a surgery. However if the underlying cause of the DVT is cancer or another serious medical condition, the other medical conditions will strongly influence the life expectancy. ...Read more

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Deep vein thrombosis DVT delivery problems, what to do?

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DVT in pregancy: If i understand your q correctly. Use Lovenox for DVT treatment during pregnancy. Coumadin (warfarin) is contraindicated as it has terotogenic effect. See your local hematologist for special guidance for management of DVT during pregnancy and delivery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and chronic veneous insufficiency (cvt) problems?

What is the difference between deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and chronic veneous insufficiency (cvt) problems?

A lot: Dvt is a clot in the deep veins of the legs. Dvt can lead to pieces of the clot breaking off and going to the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and it can cause significant problems even death. Cvi is usually associated with the superficial veins. This is when the valves in the veins do not work and blood can flow backward in the veins. Cvi can cause symptoms such as pain, swelling etc. ...Read more

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Shin splints/deep vein thrombosis (dvt) pain, are there any specialty treatments?

Shin splints/deep vein thrombosis (dvt) pain, are there any specialty treatments?

Yes, as for the DVT: You need to have it confirmed with a doppler us, then be started on blood thinners. Seeing you pcp will be helpful to start this and he/she can treat the shin splints, which is much less serious problem, than the dvt. If any chest symptoms (pain, shortness of breath, coughing, etc) occur, you need to go a hospital, for controlling the pe, a much more serious condition. ...Read more

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Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?

No movement: Yes, people in Comas do develop deep venous thrombosis. In order for a pulmonary embolism to developed. The patient needs to get up and move which causes the DVT to transfer from the legs of the lungs. If the patient doesn't get up, the DVT won't move, the PE will not develop ...Read more

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Have one cold foot, warms when stood up but cools when sitting, could this be a deep vein thrombosis? i knew DVT cause warm limbs, can it cause cold?

Have one cold foot, warms when stood up but  cools when sitting, could this be a deep vein thrombosis? i knew DVT cause warm limbs, can it cause cold?

Not usually: dvt will usually have swelling and warm extremity. Sometimes varicose veins or venous insufficiency can lead to discoloration of the extremity. The temperature changes are unusual but possible with venous engorgement. If persistent then you should have an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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What to do if i had DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What to do if i had DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Get evaluated: Dvt is potentially a life-threatening problem, so if you think you have a dvt, you should see a physician asap. Treatments are designed to (a) prevent increase in the clot with anticoagulants such as coumadin, (warfarin) (b) decrease clot burden by procedures such as thrombolysis, and (c) prevent bad long-term complications of deep vein failure with graduated compression hose. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Can you tell me about DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

DVT: Dvt , deep vein thrombosis , is clot or blockage in deep , below the skin , vein . It can local phlebitis and circulation problems and in 10 % of case break off and become part of a moving { embolic} thrombosis that often get caught in the lung. ...Read more

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I think I may may have a deep vein thrombosis? What are the recognizable symptoms of dvt?

I think I may may have a deep vein thrombosis? What are the recognizable symptoms of dvt?

Can vary: Commonly, deep vein thromboses cause pain and swelling but sometimes they will only cause one or the other. Occasionally, they cause no symptoms. If a blood clot is small and in what we call calf veins, you might only get pain without swelling. If the clot is only blocking part of the vein, but not all of it, you also might get no swelling. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety and worry over getting DVT (deep vein thrombosis)- how to overcome it?

I have severe anxiety and worry over getting DVT (deep vein thrombosis)- how to overcome it?

See your Doctor: Review your reasons for this anxiety, for example if you have had a family member or friend with DVT who has had problems or died from this problem, with a vein or vascular specialist. This physician can examine your risk factors and give you a full exam to decide if further testing is required, and to go over risk factor reduction. ...Read more

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Whta are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Whta are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Variable: Sometimes there are no symptoms. Typical symptoms include leg swelling or pain in the legs, especially the calves. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis: Commonly, deep vein thrombosis causes pain and swelling but sometimes they will only cause one or the other. Occasionally, they cause no symptoms. If a blood clot is small and in what we call calf veins, you might only get pain without swelling. If the clot is only blocking part of the vein, but not all of it, you also might get no swelling. ...Read more

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Please help! what are the signs of deep vein thrombosis?

Please help! what are the signs of deep vein thrombosis?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


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