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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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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more


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How best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Blood thinners: It depends, to some extent, on where the clot is. It is possible to have a deep vein thrombosis that is so far down the leg, is so small, and is in such a small vein that we might treat it with anti-inflammatory medicines and compression stockings. If the clot is in a larger vein and is bigger, then we treat those with blood thinners for a minimum of 3 months and use compression stockings too. ...Read more

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How do you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

How do you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Dvt: Traditional treatment is with anti coagulation therapy for 6 months. Some may advocate losing the clot if it extends to the iliac veins to prevent long term problems but the long term data is not necessarily there yet. ...Read more

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How can you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Anticoagulation: Traditionally with Heparin followed by Coumadin (warfarin) for six months. Depending on specific site and extent there can be options. See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the best drugs to avoid deep vein thrombosis?

Keep moving: There are few drugs that actually prevent dvt. The best thing is to avoid sitting for long periods such as a plane ride or car ride without moving. Stop the car and walk around every 2 hours or so. Get up in an airplane and move around or use the bathroom every few hours. ...Read more

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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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How do you treat a deep vein thrombosis if also having high blood pressure?

How do you treat a deep vein thrombosis if also having high blood pressure?

No differently: The use of blood thinners is usually required when treated a dvt, and having high blood pressure shouldn't affect this, especially if the high blood pressure is under control! ...Read more

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What can you do to treat a deep vein thrombosis while also having high blood pressure?

Dvt: With anti coagulation therapy. Thrombolysis is also an option depending on patient and location. If these are contraindicated an filter might be placed. Htn is not contraindications for anticoagulation. ...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)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more