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I have DVT in my right calf, how long until the clots are gone?

I have DVT in my right calf, how long until the clots are gone?

It varies: With thrombophlebitis (deep venous thrombosis), the treatment is anticoagulation. This involves an infusion of Heparin or injections of a heparinoid like Lovenox (enoxaparin) initially for about 4 to 7 days, with long term treatment with warfarin (coumadin). The resolution of clots can take months and may never be complete, depending on the the extent of the dvt. Venous ultrasounds will monitor the progress. ...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 after dvt should I wear 30-40 compression stockings after dvt and not on coumadin (warfarin) almost 2 yrs past clot?

How long after dvt should I wear 30-40 compression stockings after dvt and not on coumadin (warfarin) almost 2 yrs past clot?

It depends: Do you know the status of your deep venous system? After a DVT there may be damage such as obstruction or reflux. If this is the case you are at risk for skin changes developing in your legs. These can result in ulceration.
You should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. Long term compression may be advisable for you. Good luck.

David Fox, MD, FACS
www. FoxVein. Com ...Read more

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I am 4 months in after DVT & pe's. Last scsn showed scan showed clot still present. Groin. When will it be safe to have sex again?

I am 4 months in after DVT & pe's. Last scsn showed scan showed clot still present. Groin. When will it be safe to have sex again?

Safe.: It was safe 4 months ago. In general, having sex is not likely to affect DVT / pe. Did your doc specifically Prohibit this? I assume you are still taking coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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I got DVT last december from slip & fall on ice & got 2 blood clots in left calf. I was DVT free for 6 months & it returned in oct- why?

I got DVT last december from slip & fall on ice & got 2 blood clots in left calf. I was DVT free for 6 months & it returned in oct- why?

Might need testing: Dvts can occur after trauma. They can recur if you have estrogen in your body (birth control pills, etc) or are at risk for making clots. You might need testing like a hypercoagulation workup. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My d dimer level is 499. In nov it was 278. I did have a superficial blood clot last week. Is it possible it's becoming a dvt? What does this mean?

My d dimer level is 499. In nov it was 278. I did have a superficial blood clot last week. Is it possible it's becoming a dvt? What does this mean?

D dimer test: D dimer on it's own does not tell you there is a clot or not neithrr the clot is spreading or dissolving it has false positive and false negative you need to correlate the clinical picture with doppler studies to come to a conclusion the test is obsolete without correlation with what have just mentined. ...Read more

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I was checked last year DVT due to swelling in my right leg and ankle. No clots found. Said it was varicose. How often should I get checked for clots?

I was checked last year DVT due to swelling in my right leg and ankle. No clots found. Said it was varicose. How often should I get checked for clots?

Only for symptoms: There is no need to be checked regularly for clots. The primary indication to be checked is pain in the calf of the leg or swelling in the leg with or without pain. Swelling in both legs, on the other hand, is usually a problem in the whole body and is not an indication to look for clots. See your primary care physician for swelling in both legs. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get blood clots (dvt, pe) while on warfarin? Have factor v leiden. Suffered DVT and pe 18 months ago. Inr 2.5 last check.

Is it still possible to get blood clots (dvt, pe) while on warfarin? Have factor v leiden. Suffered DVT and pe 18 months ago. Inr 2.5 last check.

Warfarin failures: Warfarin failure syndromes while in the therapeutic range are uncommon and occur ~1-2% of patients per year. They are less likely due to thrombophilic conditions and more due to highly inflammatory or thrombogenic conditions such as cancer or anti phospholipid syndrome. There are new oral anticoagulants such as rivaroxaban and dabigatran that are FDA approved for VTE and do not require monitoring ...Read more

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How long after long travel would you develop a blood clot or DVT if it were going to happen? 10 weeks pregnant, driving all day x2 days. No clot histo

How long after long travel would you develop a blood clot or DVT if it were going to happen? 10 weeks pregnant, driving all day x2 days. No clot histo

Most importantly,: Stop and walk every hour in a gas or rest stop while on the road. This will improve your circulation and prevent blood clots. You could also use a hose stocking while traveling. Please discuss with your OB ...Read more

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I'm hospitalized for a blood clot in my leg, what questions should I be asking. It's DVt, I'm no longer taking ibuprofen/robaxin.

I'm hospitalized for a blood clot in my leg, what questions should I be asking. It's DVt, I'm no longer taking ibuprofen/robaxin.

Whatever you like.: Why did it happen?
Are you taking BCP?
Did you recently have surgery like C section?
How can you prevent future occurrence?
How long the treatment will last?
Where is DVT-How far up in the Lower extremity?
What are some of the risk and symptoms you need to look out for?
What drug and food should be avoided or Taken? ...Read more

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What blood tests detect a clot (dvt)?

Blood tests for clot: There are no specific blood tests that will be definitive to prove a clot exists. Ultrasound, CT andMR are the diagnostic modalities to prove a clot. D-dimer is a blood test that can be used to identify clot formation but it is very non specific. If negative there is good evidence that a clot does not exist but d-dimer can be positive for many reasons not related to a clot. ...Read more

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I have superficial clot in my leg, can this turn into a dvt?

I have superficial clot in my leg, can this turn into a dvt?

Possible: Generally, superficial veins are not the ones that cause a deep vein thrombosis but anything is possible. I would work with your medical doctor and have it evaluated. You may need to see a vascular doctor for further treatment. ...Read more

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I do not have a family history of any blood related clot problems -took an. How big of a risk am I for developing dvt?

I do not have a family history of any blood related clot problems -took an. How big of a risk am I for developing dvt?

Low risk...maybe: Dvts can happen to anyone who travel for hours in an automobile or airplane without stimulating their leg muscles with some form of exercise. Risk in general is low however. Risk for same increases in female smokers taking oral contraceptives. If you fly or drive long distances work those legs! ...Read more

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If a patient has a DVT they are on hepain to prevent the continued formation of the clot......how is the present clot treated/cured?

Statement: The Heparin prevents further clotting and the body's intrinsic thrombolytic system dissolves and absorbs the existing clot over a variable time frame. ...Read more

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Just read that dvts can be caused by hyper coagulation in the body due to cancer. What blood tests detect cancer? What type of cancer can cause clots?

Just read that dvts can be caused by hyper coagulation in the body due to cancer. What blood tests detect cancer? What type of cancer can cause clots?

No specific test.: There is not a cancer test. There are cancer markers that we look at to determine the course of treatment with a person with cancer. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have DVT or a blood clot?

How do I know if I have DVT or a blood clot?

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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Are blood clots or a DVT common after a miscarriage?

No: Uncommon. Your doctor may work you up to see if there are underlying causes for forming a dvt. ...Read more

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Is aspirin effective in preventing DVT? I've heard it's not as effective preventing clots in the veins versus the blood in the arteries.

Is aspirin effective in preventing DVT? I've heard it's not as effective preventing clots in the veins versus the blood in the arteries.

Aspirin: Aspirin is an a drug to prevent platelet plugs which is common in arterial disease
Vein clots are related to stagnation in the column of flow in the vein, aspirin may have some benefit but use of support or compression stocking is more beneficial ...Read more

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Can the clotting from a bleeding hemorrhoid kill you later as in DVT?

Not that I am: Aware of..... This is superficial clotting, which is totally different from a deep venous thrombosis.. ...Read more

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Why do some people form a DVT (blood clot) on a flight and others don't?

Why do some people form a DVT (blood clot) on a flight and others don't?

Many reasons: There are many reason for forming blood clots. Prolonged sitting on a plane is a co-factor which may be the "last straw" which causes the clot. Obesity, poor circulation, genetic conditions, lifestyle problems
(smoking) and certain medications are among the many causes of dvt. It is best to discuss your potential risks with your provider before any long plane or car trip. ...Read more

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Please explain why some people form a DVT (blood clot) on a flight and others don't?

Please explain why some people form a DVT (blood clot) on a flight and others don't?

Some is luck: Airlines tend to keep the cabin humidity very low (it costs them money to humidify) and if you don't drink to keep hydrated (or drink alcohol) you can get dehydrated. Dehydration and inactivity are big risk factors in normal people for blood clots in the leg. Always keep hydrated and move around on long flights or road trips in cars/buses/trains. ...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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Dvt pain on my calf has gone does that mean the clot has disolved. Have pain in my groin area though?

Dvt pain on my calf has gone does that mean the clot has disolved. Have pain in my groin area though?

Why are you waiting.: Just because your calf pain has gone down does not necessarily mean that the clot has dissolved, at least totally. Without knowing the specifics of your clot, how it was treated and the time frame makes commenting purely hypothetical. What isn't hypothetical is that clots can form in the groin and it would be wise for you to have your groin evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Other than clots or DVT what can cause heavy achy feeling in calf? Been checked by doc and she confirmed it's not clot? 24 female

Other than clots or DVT what can cause heavy achy feeling in calf? Been checked by doc and she confirmed it's not clot? 24 female

Venous Insufficiency: Venous insufficiency can cause dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in legs. The pain tends to get worse when standing and get better when legs are raised. Swelling in legs and/or ankles occurs and sometimes there is a sensation of itching and tingling and legs. When chronic venous disease develops manifestations include dilated cutaneous veins - telangiectases, reticular veins & varicose veins. ...Read more

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How about the rate of DVT reoccur? What should I do to prevent it? It's said the clot in right leg is more dangerous than left? Is it real?

Talk to your doctor: The risk of DVT recurrence depends upon the setting for the original dvt. If it was "unprovoked", occurring without injury or surgery, the risk of recurrence over the course of a lifetime is moderately high. If it was provoked, then the risk is very low. Longterm treatment with an anticoagulant helps, but then the risk of bleeding may outweight the benefit. Right is no worse than left. ...Read more

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I have aps and fact v leieden. Should I be concerned about a "popping" sensation in both of my calves? Past dvt, pe and superficial clots.

Dvt: Popping sensation could be almost anything
However if your concerned and have a history the it makes sense to do a venous Doppler sonogram ...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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Having anxiety! How likely is a arm DVT if I don't have a history of clots but had a attempt of a IV 4 weeks ago in the arm that's a tad swollen?

Not great: Arm unlike leg DVT is uncommon. Iv insertion is only done in superficial veins, so by definition would not cause DVT (deep vein thrombosis) unless the clot spread up the arm to involve the deep vein to which it is a tributary. ...Read more