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

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Lizarraga
Dr. William Lizarraga
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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Patients who develop DVT for a reason (immobility) are usually treated for 3-6 months.
Blood clots to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) are usually treated longer (6 months - 1 year). Pt who develop DVT without an obvious need to be evaluated for hypercoaguable states that predispose them to clot. Certain dieases and recurrent dvt's make need lifelong anticoagulation.

In brief: No

Patients who develop DVT for a reason (immobility) are usually treated for 3-6 months.
Blood clots to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) are usually treated longer (6 months - 1 year). Pt who develop DVT without an obvious need to be evaluated for hypercoaguable states that predispose them to clot. Certain dieases and recurrent dvt's make need lifelong anticoagulation.
Dr. Bradley Thomas
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Only in cases of recurrent dvts and certain diseases that increase risk of clot formation/hypercoagulable status may need lifelong coumadin (warfarin).

In brief: No

Only in cases of recurrent dvts and certain diseases that increase risk of clot formation/hypercoagulable status may need lifelong coumadin (warfarin).
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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