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I have just been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. Do I need to take blood thinners for the rest of my life?
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe not
If you have an unprovoked DVT and a family history of clotting, there is a very good chance that you have a thrombophilia.
As dr. Hansen said, in that case you need to have blood tests to assess whether that is the case or not. If you have a thrombophilia, you may need to be on blood thinners for the rest of your life. On the other hand, if you have had your first episode of a DVT and there.

In brief: Maybe not
If you have an unprovoked DVT and a family history of clotting, there is a very good chance that you have a thrombophilia.
As dr. Hansen said, in that case you need to have blood tests to assess whether that is the case or not. If you have a thrombophilia, you may need to be on blood thinners for the rest of your life. On the other hand, if you have had your first episode of a DVT and there.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Ted King
was a reason for the clot to develop, you may only need to be on blood thinners for 3-6 months.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Mostly on location of the clot combined with your history, work up, family history.
If it is a first clot in th caf with no other significant history no, .

In brief: Depends
Mostly on location of the clot combined with your history, work up, family history.
If it is a first clot in th caf with no other significant history no, .
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
It depends.
If you have a strong family history of clots in the veins called dvt's or pulmonary embolism you should have a thrombophilia workup as some genetic factors can increase your risk of more dvt's. It also depends if the clot was provoked such as trauma surgery etc or unprovoked.

In brief: Sometimes
It depends.
If you have a strong family history of clots in the veins called dvt's or pulmonary embolism you should have a thrombophilia workup as some genetic factors can increase your risk of more dvt's. It also depends if the clot was provoked such as trauma surgery etc or unprovoked.
Dr. Lornell Hansen
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Dr. Ted King
If you have an unprovoked DVT and a family history of clotting, there is a very good chance that you have a thrombophilia. As Dr. Hansen said, in that case you need to have blood tests to assess whether that is the case or not. If you have a thrombophilia, you may need to be on blood thinners for the rest of your life. on the other hand, if you have had your first episode of a DVT and there
Dr. Ted King
was a reason for the clot to develop, you may only need to be on blood thinners for 3-6 months.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: No
If this is your first clot national guidelines recommend 6-12 months of blood thinner.

In brief: No
If this is your first clot national guidelines recommend 6-12 months of blood thinner.
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