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Clot Buster Medication
Any drugs out there to break up plaque in coronary arteries rather than all invasive stuff? Clot buster drugs but nothing for plaque?
No.: The various kinds of plaque that build up in the arteries have been building up for years, in some cases even decades. There is no medicine that will undo the remodeling due to years or decades of high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, etc. The best strategy is to modify the modifiable risk factors (and hope you have good genes). ...Read more
Apples vs. Oranges: They are both cardiac medicines. They are however used for totally different reasons. Calcium blockers are most commonly used to treat high blood pressure. They may also be used to treat chest pain or to slow the heart. Clot busters are used to dissolve a clot in the arteries that supply blood to the heart itself and therefore to limit the amount of heart damaged by removing the blockage. ...Read more
More info needed: Blood clots in veins are treated with different types of anticoagulants than blood clots in arteries. To make matters more confusing, some people refer to a hematoma (a collection of blood outside of a vessel) as being a blood clot. No medicines are used to dissolve hematomas. So you need to discuss this with someone who understands exactly what the situation is. ...Read more
Can take weeks: But the medication prevents further clotting.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can PE blood blood clots be removed? What is the next step if the medication doesn't work? Was on warferin. Now on Xeralto.
Yes PE blood clots: Can be removed through several different invasive techniques however these are reserved for patients who are in extremis and profoundly hemodynamically compromised. Normally the clots will absorb over several months. Coumadin is difficult to regulate. Xarelto will be effective. Make sure to take it with a meal and don't miss any doses. ...Read more
If you have had normal periods and skipped it for 3 months and it started again. Wouldn't it be heavy with clots in it? *no medication or anything*
Not necessarily...: If a woman didn't ovulate for a couple of months, built up a thicker uterine lining, and then sloughed it all over a few days, it would be logical to expect a heavy period. But maybe not all of the lining is coming off, maybe it's coming off over many days, or maybe the bleeding is from the cervix area and not a true period. Sounds like it would be best to see the obgyn doc to make sure all is ok. ...Read more
Be careful: Both tumeric and ginger can increase the efficacy of your medication to treat blood clots resulting in an increased tendency to bleed. I would not expect it to be a problem if you are using these herbs as spices to flavor your food, but would expect a problem if you are taking them as a supplement. Be careful with the amount you ingest and have your lab values followed. ...Read more
3 years ago I got diagnosed with blood clots...I'm on no medication for them currently...I'm suffering with pins n needles in my heAd regularly??
Unrelated: Don't know where you had the blood clots, but you received treatment and stopped already, pins and needles feeling in your head can be due to nerve affection, not due to vascular problem, unless the nerves in that area become ischemic (devoid of blood supply) but hence the symptom would be rather different pain sensation, which isn't your case. See your doctor who may refer you to a neurologist ...Read more
I'm factor 5 leiden hetero and I want lipo. I am healthy with no history of clots ever. Can I have the surgery if I am proactive in adding medication?
You'll need to: Discuss with your physicians including your hematologist. ...Read more
HepC medication lead to early menopause at 43. 10 years later few blood clots one day and thick endometrium line. How concerning is that?
It is what it is: I am sorry that menopause began sooner then you would have liked at age 43, however, you have deeper concerns that need a GYN evaluation to rule out endometrial cancer with the clots and thickened endometrium. Please see a GYN for an accurate diagnosis via biopsy if need be. ...Read more
What causes blood clotting? Why does my blood clot even while I'm on waferin and exralto? Is there other medication available in South-Africa?
Complicated: Depending on why you got a blood clot and other conditions present at the time of the diagnosis of the clot you might be getting different medications. For example if there is also a diagnosis of cancer a physician might be more inclined to use an injection instead of a pill to treat a lung clot. Your risk of bleeding, kidney function and other medications present will determine which the best is. ...Read more
Blood thinner: Depending on the clot, your doctor can prescribe a blood thinner (various kinds) vs no treatment. ...Read more
If medications can't shrink or get rid of the blood clot in my lungs, will I need surgery to get it out?
I have a bruise on my leg that just showed up without injury. Is that normal? I'm on a medication that can cause blood clots. Should I be concerned?
Bruise: Spontaneous bruising is very common and is not usually related to blood clots. It should disappear but if you get more you should let your doctor have a look at them ...Read more
Clot in sural vein confirmed clear by ultra sound after a 2 week post foot op. Can clot return? I continue with medication etc. Can't train cos foot.
Yes: The clot can return. It's very important to be taking your aspirin, or blood thinner and to keep your foot and ankle moving to prevent a recurrence of the clot. Follow your doctor's orders and you will do well. Good luck. ...Read more
Dvt of bth thighs diagnsed two days bak. Catheter thrombolytcs n stent not psbl. On medication. Clot chronic. Hw serious is it. Wil he have a nrml lyf?
Depends: As dr. Weisberger said, it depends. The fact that the clots are chronic and he hasn't had more serious problems in the meantime, is a good sign. It is a shame that stenting couldn't be done but it is not surpising. Since he is on medicine, the biggest concern is not more clot it is post thrombotic syndrome. He needs to wear 30-40 mm hg graduated compression stockings for two years. ...Read more
Clears by itself:
Your body will usually dissolve the blood clot on its own. The more important question is why it happened?
Are you on blood thinners? Did you have trauma? Are you a diabetic or have high blood pressure? The important thing is to address the problem that caused the blood clot to form in the first place to prevent it from occurring again. ...Read more
Diagnosed with blood clot in sural vein after foot op. On medication thinners, what else should I do?
Ask your doctor: The doctor should be able to guide you and answer any questions you have. ...Read more
Could I lump in upper leg be a blood clot even though I am on. I medications, 28 yrs old; have not traveled? Concerned about up coming trip.
If suspected a clot, we need to do an ultrasound of the area. But, I am not sure what you meant by taking medications. If you are taking blood thinners and the levels are not within the required range then you still have a chance to develop a clot. If you are planning a trip, please walk or get up at least every 2 hours, that will help you to prevent a blood clot.
I hope this helps. ...Read more
I started Yasmin birth control today after being off for five months. I am reading stats on the chance of blood clots and have myself worried, I'm young workout and had been on this medication for almost five years before stopping. Is Yasmin safe?
Alternatives: The concern is over the drospirenone (synthetic progesterone) component of the pill. Some studies suggest that Yasmin and Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) may have a higher risk of venous blood clots than older birth control pills. However, there are risks associated with any pill, and the benefits generally outweigh the risks. The decision of which pill to use should be made between you and your doctor. ...Read more
Diagnosed with blood clot in sural vein post foot op. On medication. 2 weeks later another altra sound. Result no clot all is clear? Is this possible?
Yes: A clot in the veins below the knee is small. These veins are small. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of this small clot worked nicely in your case. Congratulate your team and yourself. ...Read more
Dvt diagnosed from thighs to knees multiple clots. Protein deficiency. Improvd on medication. Is it life threatening. Can he procreate. N lead nrml lyf?
Yes to all....: Dvt can be a life threatening condition if untreated and it progresses to pulmonary embolism. That is why anticoagulation is critical. Patients who are hypercoagulable due to genetic issues certainly can have children and live a normal life -- they will need to take some precautions while on anticoagulaton, however. ...Read more
Yes, if an embolus: Strokes can be caused by clots that form in the heart and travel to the brain, most often if the person has atrial fibrillation. In this case, anti-clotting drugs definitely reduce the risk of another. If the stroke was caused by bleeding, they should not be used. Strokes can also be caused by small vessel diseae, and they are not helpful for these. ...Read more
Very Powerful: Unlike heparin and coumadin (warfarin), which prevent the GROWTH of clot, thrombolytics (or "clot-busters") actually attack the biochemical structure of clots and break them apart. These medications are only administered in a hospital and under the direct supervision of the prescribing doctor. They are powerful and can cause serious bleeding but used appropriately are life saving! ...Read more
I used fertility drugs for the past 2 months. My period was 4 days late. Got it on the 5th day w/ some clotting. Should I be worried? What does this mean?
Yes.: There are some patients for whom Coumadin (warfarin) does not adequately anticoagulate (thin the blood), and thus these patients may require alternative medications. Discuss with a hematologist to gain a better understanding as to what options exist. Sometimes this is an indication for placement of a filter device to catch a DVT from becoming a fatal pulmonary embolism (pe). ...Read more
My wife got a clot below the knee while taking warfarin, between 6 and 7 tablets a day. Is that a normal side effect of the drug?
No: As warfarin is intended to prevent clots, you should go with your wife to discuss with her doctor if there are issues with the warfarin regimen or if your wife may have an increased risk for clots. ...Read more
Please tell me which drugs can be used to stop physical symptoms of PMS or stop ovulation for good, without the blood-clotting side effect?
PMS no drugs: Having ovaries taken out might help but would discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
Any idea why a 34yo f w/ no history of clots, smoking, htn, drugs, oral cont, trauma, recent surg, illness. Has sudden onset n dev 2 pulm emboli at once.
Thrombophilia: It is possible that the patient has a preexisting condition (either inherited or acquired) that makes her at higher risk to develop a clot (thrombophilia) like a pulmonary embolism (pe). Blood tests should be performed in consultation with a hematologist. She does have many risk factors for a clot (smoking, ocp, trauma, surgery, ill), but a pe in a 34 yo is uncommon. ...Read more
Bleeding: Mainly bleeding and also if you have diabetic retinopathy there is risk of blindness. ...Read more