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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

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I'm starting to think I have deep vein thrombosis ? Any advice?

I'm starting to think I have deep vein thrombosis ? Any advice?

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 should you do if you think you may have deep vein thrombosis?

What should you do if you think you may have deep vein thrombosis?

Why are you worried: See a physician right away. A venous ultrasound exam will be definitive. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Possibly : Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins. Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches. ...Read more

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Can there be any cure for deep vein thrombosis?

DVT is treated: Dvt is an event which is treated with anticoagulation or blood thinners. The symptoms of leg swelling and pain will often resolve over time. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell gout from deep vein thrombosis?

What can you do to tell gout from deep vein thrombosis?

Toe vs leg: Gout affects joints mostly the great toe on the foot, causing pain swelling and redness.Deep vein thrombosis cause leg pain , sometimes swelling rarely redness and mostly in the calf. Dvt is cause by a clot in the deep veins so there may more prominent veins. ...Read more

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If you had to boil it down, what is deep vein thrombosis?

If you had to boil it down, what is deep vein thrombosis?

Blood clot: Dvt is a serious medical problem that occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein, usually occuring in the lower extremities. The clot can break up sending small clots to the large veins and from there travel through the heart and lodge in the lung. This is called a pulmonay embolism. A pulmonay embolism is a medical emergency. Up to 20% people who suffer a blood clot to the lung can die. ...Read more

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Is thrombophlebitis the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Is thrombophlebitis the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Not exactly: Thrombophlebitis (tp) means that there is an inflamed vein with a blood clot in it. Although you can get a tp in a deep or a superficial vein, we usually think of superficial veins when we talk about tp. The catch is that when someone develops a superfical tp, a deep vein thrombosis will be associated with it up to 25% of the time. Often you can't tell the difference without doing an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis in the elderly considered very serious?

DVT and elderly: DVT at any age is serious. In an elderly person there are other associated risks such as immobility and associated medical problems. It is sometimes difficult for an elderly person to take and stay on blood thinners. Despite all of this, it is possible to treat elderly persons safely for DVT. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: itis means inflammation. Thrombo means clot. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein. There is superficial vein thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis can be inflamed if acute and this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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Which are the best drugs to avoid getting deep vein thrombosis?

Which are the best drugs to avoid getting deep vein thrombosis?

Hormones: Generally, the drugs which are most likely to have deep vein thrombosis as a side effect would probably be the hormones that are found in birth control pills. This includes forms of estrogen and progesterone. The higher the amount of either one, the higher your risk of having a clot. If you are sedentary, over age 45, smoke, have certain chronic diseases, or are over weight. Your risk is higher. ...Read more

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I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat deep vein thrombosis?

I hate taking medicine. What can I do to treat deep vein thrombosis?

Take the medicine: Assuming this is a correct diagnosis, untreated DVT can be serious, and can lead to pulmonary emboli ("pe"), or chronic venous stasis, both of which can be debilitating, if not downright deadly (pe). If you hate taking medicine, its best to prevent long term disease by treating acute problems in the short term, even if it means taking medicine. ...Read more

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I have a small pain in my right chest, possibly deep vein thrombosis?

I have a small pain in my right chest, possibly deep vein thrombosis?

Unlikely: There are some arm and subclavian dvts but usually with substantial arm swelling. Lower DVT with pulmonary embolism can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. Usually severe. ...Read more

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What to do for homecare nursing for someone with deep vein thrombosis?

What to do for homecare nursing for someone with deep vein thrombosis?

Depends: Activity should not be restricted. Bedrest is actually not recommended any more. Rather frequent blood tests are needed, initially, as dr. Toppin mentioned and once or twice daily shots are often given for a few days. It is important to watch what you eat on some blood thinners. But for someone who has been, otherwise, relatively healthy, there might be little need for homecare nursing. ...Read more

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What are the physiologic needs for a patient with deep vein thrombosis?

Compression: Apart from anticoagulation as the other doctors said, the most important thing that is needed is to wear 30-40 mm hg graduated compression stockings from 2 years. Knee high stockings are adequate but they must be worn in order to decrease your risk of developing post thrombotic syndrome--a potentially debilitating lifelong complication of deep vein thrombosis. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have deep vein thrombosis or if it's just dehydration?

If it persists: Dvt is a dangerous condition that must be ruled out in legs with calf pain and swelling. If it persists after rehydration, see a physician. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is nonocclusive thrombus the same thing as a deep vein thrombosis?

Dvt: The clot could be occlusive meaning blocking blood flow or non occlusive not filling up blood vessel and blood can go by. It is a deep vein thrombus if it is in one if the deep veins ie iliac or femoral vein. Occlusive or non occlusive could be dvt. ...Read more

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How long does it take for deep vein thrombosis to go, is it normal for the swelling to get worse ? Thankyou

How long does it take for deep vein thrombosis to go, is it normal for the swelling to get worse ? Thankyou

Can take a long time: Sometimes clots never disappear. If the clot is not gone in 6 months, it is considered to be permanent. Swelling can get worse, especially if you develop post thrombotic syndrome (pts). A dr. Vichen said, you need to be on anti-coagulation. Also wearing prescription compression stockings for two years is essential in helping to prevent pts from occurring. ...Read more

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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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Veins (Definition)

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