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Could I have to be on blood thinners for life after a dvt?

Could I have to be on blood thinners for life after a dvt?

No: For a single event (first clot) the national standard is 6-12 months. For a second event the standard is lifelong bloodthinner. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Blood Thinners (Definition)

Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more


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Dr say 5-10% chance of brain bleed from blood thinner meds is high risk? Mom has blood clots from fall in brain and DVT 1 dr says meds, 1, 1 not sure

Filter: It does appear that anticoagulant therapy would be risky in this situation. An alternative is to insert an IVC filter to prevent the blood clot from traveling from the leg to the lungs. Of course the attending physicians ,who know all the findings, are best qualified to give advice in this case. ...Read more

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Recently had two DVTs Took blood thinners but I'm now off. The past few days my inner thigh has been swollen and black and blue. Should I get help?

 Recently had two DVTs Took blood thinners but I'm now off. The past few days my inner thigh has been swollen and black and blue. Should I get help?

Yes: If you have had no injury that would result in a bruise like this then you should be evaluated, especially given your history of several DVTs. ...Read more

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Does PE/DVT reoccurs when we are not on Blood thinners?. Possibility of having PE on Blood thinners? Best way to prevent 2nd PE Age: 28 Male Indian.

Does PE/DVT reoccurs when we are not on Blood thinners?. Possibility of having PE on Blood thinners? Best way to prevent 2nd PE Age: 28 Male Indian.

Blood clots: "Unprovoked" (without reason) blood clot is due to a underlined disease and you will be placed on blood thinner for life to prevent 2nd blood clot. If blood clot is due to immobility, surgery, medications...("provoked"), prevention for a 2nd blood clot is to avoid the risk factors, you don't have to take blood thinner for life. You can have blood clot on blood thinner if treatment is not adequate. ...Read more

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Do blood thinners actually allow the body to dissolve the clot slowly? Confused how DVT is cured/treated if blood thinners don't work this way.

Do blood thinners actually allow the body to dissolve the clot slowly? Confused how DVT is cured/treated if blood thinners don't work this way.

Blood thiner & DVT: Hi, Blood thiner does 2 things; 1- prevent ur body to make more blood clot 2- stop existing blood clots from getting bigger but blood thiner doesn't break down the existing blood clot, the blood clot is dissolved by the body. ...Read more

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I had DVT i am on 3 and a half mil of warferin i have lost 1 baby at 6 weeks what blood thinners should i ask my gp to put me on when trying for baby?

DVT's and pregnancy: The amount of Warfarin is a prophylactic dose and is not considered high, and may have nothing to do with a miscarriage. Pregnancy is a strong producer of fibrinogen which can produce blood clotting and may be a cause of miscarriage. Seeing a maternal-fetal medicine expert in a University Hospital setting is indicated when considering and managing what will be considered a "high risk" pregnancy. ...Read more

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WHY/HOW can you still get a DVT/PE during/after surgery even after compression stockings, massage boots and blood thinners? How is this possible?

WHY/HOW can you still get a DVT/PE during/after surgery even after compression stockings, massage boots and blood thinners? How is this possible?

Stuff happens: Most of the time in life, we are lucky and bad things don't happen to us after we take the proper precautions. But, the world is not a perfect place. Stuff happens sometimes. Should we stay at home and never go out to try things? No! We look at the risks and the benefits, and then go out and live life. Look both ways, have faith, and then cross the street... you'll ALMOST never get run over. ...Read more

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I would like to get a tattoo indicating I have a history of DVT & PE and am on blood thinners (xarelto). some say it is safe, others say not safe. ???

I would like to get a tattoo indicating I have a history of DVT & PE and am on blood thinners (xarelto). some say it is safe, others say not safe. ???

I think it would: make more sense to buy and wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. Emergency personnel and health care providers are not trained to look for tattoos but they are trained to look for the bracelets and necklaces. If you really want a tattoo choose something more decorative, it is safe on Xarelto if done in a reputable sterile tattoo shop. You might have a little more bruising that's all. ...Read more

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Got PE 5 weeks ago put on blood thinners then 2 weeks ago got new clots DVT in arm next to picc repeat ultrasound they got bigger how this possible?

DVT: DVT can re-occur in the presence of predisposing factoors like the PICC line, fractures/ immobilization and hereditary anticoagulant factors deficiency or malgnancy or use of contraceptive with smoking. Expansion of the Thrombus may likely be due inadequate thrombolysis. Use of blood thinners may be inadequate. If coumadin (warfarin) will need to be in therapeutic range to be effective. See a Hematologist ...Read more

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Can a DVT with filter be fatal? Mom has filter but paratoneal vein FULL of clots. High risk for blood thinners. Leg continues to swell. Options?

Can a DVT with filter be fatal?  Mom has filter but paratoneal vein FULL of clots. High risk for blood thinners. Leg continues to swell. Options?

Difficult situation : IVC Filter is not intended to be a replacement for medical management of DVT. But, if there is a high risk of a pulmonary embolism, PE, and anticoagulation (blood thinners) is contraindicated, placement of a filter is recommended. Depending on how high is the risk of bleeding, catheter directed thrombolysis and/or thrombectomy can be considered as a treatment option for symptomatic DVT. ...Read more

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Mom fell caused brain bleed 2+ months ago. Now has DVT distal peroneal. Treatment options? Blood thinners cause more brain bleeding? Mom is 79 yrs

Mom fell caused brain bleed 2+ months ago. Now has DVT distal peroneal. Treatment options? Blood thinners cause more brain bleeding? Mom is 79 yrs

IVC filter? I don't: know if ur mom is prone to falling & brain bleeds; if so, anticoagulants (blood thinners) r not a good idea - it increases the risk of a fatal brain bleed shd she fall again in the future. A better option may be an IVC filter (Greenfield filter) which will trap DVTs & keep it from getting to the lungs; however it tends to cause swelling in the legs (side effect may be wrse than cure). TTYD 4 advic ...Read more

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I have dvt, pe 2 yrs ago, take blood thinners & wear compression stocking. Have bad low back pain last 24 hrs & large bruise behind knee. Advise pls.

I have dvt, pe 2 yrs ago, take blood thinners & wear compression stocking.  Have bad low back pain last 24 hrs & large bruise behind knee. Advise pls.

Need exam: Sounds like you need a physical examination and blood work to recheck your inr level in your blood. You probably have a hematoma (blood collection) behind your knee. Sometimes these need to be drained. An exam is important to make sure you are not having neurological changes related to the back pain that might also mandate intervention. Don't delay! ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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Currently on blood thinners for a deep vein thrombosis in my left leg after i had surgery on my right knee. Should i be worried?

Currently on blood thinners for a deep vein thrombosis in my left leg after i had surgery on my right knee. Should i be worried?

Possibly: It sounds as if you are receiving appropriate medication & typically that is needed for months to assure appropriate resolution of clot. You should also get fitted for a pair of RX compression stockings & get active as quickly is possible after your surgery as mobility helps. Recommend a follow up ultrasound with a vascular surgeon & counseling on post-thrombotic syndrome. Worry about recurrence. ...Read more

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Mom is going to get knee replacement surgery but is horrified about deep vein thrombosis. Will the doctor put her on blood thinners to prevent this?

Ask the Surgeon.: A great question. There are several variations as to the type of blood thinners to use and the times to use them. Most surgeons have their own reasons for choosing the appropriate one. The specifics can include the type of surgery and the medical condition of the patient. Ask the surgeon this question and I'm sure he/she will be glad to explain their reasoning. ...Read more

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When will pain and swelling and pain go down from dvts after starting blood thiners?

When will pain and swelling and pain go down from dvts after starting blood thiners?

DVT: Varies. Most pain from DVT will go down pretty fast in a matter of days. Swelling may stay a little longer. However, it is not unusual for swelling/pain to remain in the leg for awhile. Compression stockings may help post thrombotic syndrome by increasing blood flow in your legs to reduce swelling/pain after appropriate blood thinner. ...Read more

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Can I get a DVT if I take anticoagulants on a long flight?

Unlikely: If you are taking prophylactic doses of low molecular weight Heparin or therapeutic doses of oral anticoagulants, the risk of deep vein thrombosis is close to zero. ...Read more

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Are doctors going to start putting people with dvt's on anticoagulants forever?

Are doctors going to start putting people with dvt's on anticoagulants forever?

No: There is good evidence that for a DVT that is provoked and from a temporary condition (i.e. Surgery and immobility), a short course of anticoagulation is good enough. Typically, the longer a person is on blood thinners, the less their chance of having another clot, but this must be weighed against the increase chance for bleeding. After a second clot, though, sometimes lifelong is better. ...Read more

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Would a person who experiences one blood clot have to be treated for life? Is DVT a deadly thig?

Would a person who experiences one blood clot have to be treated for life? Is DVT a deadly thig?

Treatment varies.: Dvt has the potential to be life threatening and that is why treatment with blood thinners is usually an urgent situation. The goal of blood thinners is to prevent any further clot formation and and to prevent clots from lodging in the lungs. One clot does not necessarily mean long term anticoagulation. Each person has to be evaluated individually to evaluate their risks for future clot formation. ...Read more

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Positif ANA IF, Anti-B2 glicoprotein igM, anti-CMV igG, Lupus Anticoagulants, history of DVT. Dr suspect Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). Possible?

Positif ANA IF, Anti-B2 glicoprotein igM, anti-CMV igG, Lupus Anticoagulants, history of DVT. Dr suspect Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). Possible?

POSSIBLE: Your lab outcomes plus the prior DVT, seem consistent, but other labs may further assist such as changes in PTT. Might get additional opinion to confirm your diagnosis, and exclude other problems, but certainly antiphospholipid antibody syndrome seems high on list. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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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