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How long could it take swelling in leg to go down after DVT diagnosis and warfarin started?

How long could it take swelling in leg to go down after DVT diagnosis and warfarin started?

Several months: After starting warfarin the blood clot can no longer grow. The body will start to break down the clot within days. It takes months to have the clot reabsorbed or for the process to make an opening through the clot so blood can get through again. Swelling will be visibly less in a few weeks but it could be 6 months before the leg is back to normal. Occasionally, the swelling persists indefinitely. ...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


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How long does it take swelling in leg to go down after warfarin started for a dvt?

How long does it take swelling in leg to go down after warfarin started for a dvt?

Swelling: As the dvt starts to resolve or collateral veins take over the function,the swelling will improve
Anticoagulants do not dissolve the clot ...Read more

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44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

Need good ultrasound study and a cardiac echo: Was there a reason found for the stroke? A clot in the leg may travel to the lung, but should not normally be able to get to the brain. The most likely reason it did is a defect in the heart. An echocardiogram will help sort the heart out, and can guide a repair. A good ultrasound of the legs is necessary to see if there is a recurrent clot. If not, another consideration is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome - failure o the valves in the leg veins from scarring after DVT. Patients with DVT need to wear compression hose daily for at least 2 yrs after DVT to minimize the risk of PTS. ...Read more

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Hi, i'm taking Coumadin (warfarin) for my dvt. I don't want 2 take norcotic drug is there an option, it's now 7wks n my right leg still swollen, pain is now less?

Hi, i'm taking Coumadin (warfarin) for my dvt. I don't want 2 take norcotic drug is there an option, it's now 7wks n  my right leg still swollen, pain is now less?

Using compression?: It is essential that compression stockings be worn after a dvt. They help the swelling and pain. More important, they cut your risk of developing post thrombotic syndrome--a complication you don't want to have. You need to use knee high compression stockings, 30-40 mm hg, daily for at least two years after your dvt. ...Read more

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90 days after DVT and taking Coumadin (warfarin) which is stable at 2.4. Very hot weather now.Can leg swell more during hot weather? Using stocking also.

90 days after DVT and taking Coumadin (warfarin) which is stable at 2.4. Very hot weather now.Can leg swell more during hot weather? Using stocking also.

Yes: Not unusual with increased arterial blood flow and some venous obstruction producing edema .

The Coumadin (warfarin) does not affect edema just reduces clotting progression. ...Read more

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I have leiden's factor v. I had a DVT in my thigh two monthsago. I take 8mg Coumadin (warfarin) daily and adjust it per my pt. Cani use treadmill for 1 hour per day, pretty fast?

I have leiden's factor v. I had a DVT in my thigh two monthsago. I take 8mg Coumadin (warfarin) daily and adjust it per my pt. Cani use treadmill for 1 hour per day, pretty fast?

Yes: Keeping fit is important.
Swelling can be an issue.
If no swelling and no pain, keep it up.
Swimming can be a good and better exercize due to position and no dependent legs. ...Read more

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When does swelling from DVT go away? I'm on Coumadin (warfarin) and lovenox.

When does swelling from DVT go away? I'm on Coumadin (warfarin) and lovenox.

Dvt: Will solidify and become chronic in about 4-6 weeks. Will usually go away 4-6 months. But can have chronic vein scarring it valve dysfunction after. ...Read more

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I'm concern that my hematologist only want me on Coumadin (warfarin) 4 only 3 mos.I told him I hit my leg in the past, n he think that's the cause of my dvt. ?

I'm concern that my hematologist only want me on Coumadin (warfarin) 4 only 3 mos.I told him I hit my leg in the past, n he think that's the cause of my dvt. ?

Recommended: The current recommendation is that 3 months of anticoagulation is enough for a DVT that has been provoked by an injury like hitting your leg. That being said, recommendations for how long to be on blood thinners after a DVT are generally increasing. Some would now suggest 6 months rather than 3. Talk to your hematologist. ...Read more

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Why after elevating my leg or waking up in the morning and then stand up does my DVT leg turn red?Therapeutically on Coumadin (warfarin) for 3 months.

Why after elevating my leg or waking up in the morning and then stand up does my DVT leg turn red?Therapeutically on Coumadin (warfarin) for 3 months.

A number of things: Increased arterial flow, venous congestion, and possible early post thrombotic syndrome. If you aren't wearing graduated compression stockings (30-40 mm hg, knee high), you should be. Studies have shown that you need to wear them for two years after your clot. ...Read more

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I'm on warfarin after having a DVT and get a lot of pain and aches in my legs . Is this normal?

Yes: There can be a significant amount of inflammation around a DVT called phlebitis, but you want to make sure your warfarin is therapeutic and your clot is not worsening. ...Read more

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I no there is no such thing as blue blood, so y do my veins looks blue ish, since I started takin Coumadin (warfarin) for my DVT in by right leg.?

Blue blood: Actually there is such a thing as blue blood. The color of your blood comes from hemoglobin, which is red when it is fully loaded with oxygen. When it is fully unloaded it does turn blue. Also, certain poisonings cause blue blood (methemoglobinemia). In your case, blue blood is not from the Coumadin (warfarin) but from the DVT itselt. A clot obstructs blood flow and reduces the oxygen level on the hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Current DVT on Coumadin (warfarin) leg is swollen and painful chest and back pain with walking vomiting pulse is rapid should I go to th ER or call doc in am?

Current DVT on Coumadin (warfarin) leg is swollen and painful chest and back pain with walking vomiting pulse is rapid should I go to th ER or call doc in am?

ER now: There is no question you need to go to the er, and not waste time calling your doctor. You can call on the way to the hospital, or when you are at the hospital. He can't help you. You need to go to the hospital. Please. ...Read more

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I was on Coumadin the first time and the second time for my DVT they gave me warfarin after 2 months they bothered my stomach so they took me off warfarin cause they bothered my stomach 7 months later my protime was 1.0 is that ok my leg feels heavy th

I was on Coumadin the first time and the second time for my DVT they gave me warfarin after 2 months they bothered my stomach so they took me off warfarin cause they bothered my stomach 7  months later my protime was 1.0 is that ok  my leg feels heavy  th

OK?: Your history is a little unclear and so I have several questions. Have you had one DVT or two? Was the cause of your DVT determined? Have you been wearing graduated compression stockings? Have you had another ultrasound of your deep veins? Were you tried on any other anti-coagulants besides warfarin? I would see your doctor again but a visit to a hematologist might be in order. ...Read more

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DVT in left calf diagnosed a week ago. On Lovenox (2x day) and 5mg Coumadin (warfarin). Experiencing left sided tingling in leg, arm and head (slight headache too). Is this a side affect from meds?

DVT in left calf diagnosed a week ago.  On Lovenox (2x day) and 5mg Coumadin (warfarin).  Experiencing left sided tingling in leg, arm and head (slight headache too).  Is this a side affect from meds?

Blood thinners: Headaches are not a usual side effect of Coumadin (warfarin). If this is a new headache or a variation of the usual headaches then seek medical attention to make sure there is no bleeding in the brain. The risk of bleeding is low (1.5%) but headaches are a concern that needs medical attention. ...Read more

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Second DVT in left leg. Finished warfarin treatment. On Aspirin because doing full contact sports. How to prevent future clots?

Second DVT in left leg. Finished warfarin treatment. On Aspirin because doing full contact sports. How to prevent future clots?

Avoid sedentary: That you have had a second thrombus in your left leg vein first of all is concerning to me. At your young age, I hope you have been seen by a hematologist to make sure that there is not an underlying predisposition to DVTs....that is, blood dyscrasia, malignancy, etc. Further you ought not to be on OCP nor use any tobacco products for secondary prevention. Not sure how health system in Wales work ...Read more

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On Coumadin (warfarin) for four years. Had DVT left leg from fall.Second DVT left leg one year later..Today diagnosed with blood clot eye. Are the from first dvt?

On Coumadin (warfarin) for four years. Had DVT left leg from fall.Second DVT left leg one year later..Today diagnosed with blood clot eye. Are the from first dvt?

No: A DVT would have nothing to do with a blood clot in the eye. If they DVT dislodges, it goes to the lungs which is quite dangerous. A blood clot in the eye could certainly be related to the coumadin, (warfarin) however. Be sure they are following your Coumadin (warfarin) levels closely, and follow your eye doctors recommendations. ...Read more

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I'm taking 2.5 warfarin daily for a clotting disorder. The past week have taken 2 Aleve (naproxen) daily for leg pain from a dvt, will this affect my inr?

I'm taking 2.5 warfarin daily for a clotting disorder. The past week have taken 2 Aleve (naproxen) daily for leg pain from a dvt, will this affect my inr?

Possibly: It could affect your inr but by this point, any effect you might see would be stable. As dr. Wright said, checking an inr wouldn't be a bad idea. There other things to take for pain that are probably a better idea than aleve (naproxen) if you are also taking warfarin as dr. Niazi said. You should also use compression stockings, if you are not already. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for severe swelling in the legs from a DVT to go away?

It may never go away: Swelling in the legs following an acute DVT can take several days to weeks to resolve if properly managed with anticoagulation and use of compression stockings. An often ignored consequence of DVT is post-thrombotic syndrome, which often includes leg swelling, and occurs because of damage to the veins which had a dvt. This is also managed by compression, however, will never go away. ...Read more

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I got DVT in the bend of knee.What sports i could do and not do after be healed?Is operation suitable to myage24?What meds can replace warfarin

I got DVT in the bend of knee.What sports i could  do and not do after be healed?Is operation suitable to myage24?What meds can replace warfarin

Ok to do sports: Why did you get the dvt: recent surgery, dehydration, inactivity, travel? If you have a family history of clots, get tested for hypercoagulable state. It's ok to do most sports, but avoid high impact contact sports while on a blood thinner. We do do operations (thrombolysis) for dvt, but only if it is in the bigger veins in the thigh or above. Xarelto and Pradaxa are other oral anticoagulants. ...Read more

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I'm taking Coumadin (warfarin) for a DVT in my thigh. I recently got a bad sunburn on my feet. Will this effect my Coumadin (warfarin) regulation?

I'm taking Coumadin (warfarin) for a DVT in my thigh. I recently got a bad sunburn on my feet. Will this effect my Coumadin (warfarin) regulation?

Coumadin (warfarin) sunburn: A sunburn will not affect your Coumadin (warfarin) levels. What may happen because of the inflammation and swelling due to the sunburn and the blood thinning due to coumadin, (warfarin) you may get some bruising on your feet. It's usually localized and not dangerouns. ...Read more

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I have a DVT in rt calf and thigh plus bilat pulmonary embolism what type of exercises can I do. I am currently taking Coumadin (warfarin) and my last pt was 3.0.?

I have a DVT in rt calf and thigh plus bilat pulmonary embolism what type of exercises can I do. I am currently taking Coumadin (warfarin) and my last pt was 3.0.?

INR 3?: Hopefully, you mean you INR s 3, which is therapeutic. If that is true and you've been cleared for activity, anything should be fine, unless you developed severe pulmonary hypertension from you pe. Talk to your physician if you haven't been formally cleared to excercise to see why and when you can start. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Warfarin (Definition)

Warfarin is a medication used to thin the blood and to prevent or treat people with blood clots. It requires frequent blood ...Read more