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What can I do to best prevent pulmonary embolism if I have a deep vein thrombosis?

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: Anticoagulation

As stated anticoagulation of the blood is the treatment for DVT and is effective in preventing pulmonary emboli.
Ivc filters should not be thought of as the treatment for dvt. They are useful for patients that can not be anticoagulated due to other diseases. Filters are effective at trapping large embli but do not treat the DVT and do not trap smaller emboli.

In brief: Anticoagulation

As stated anticoagulation of the blood is the treatment for DVT and is effective in preventing pulmonary emboli.
Ivc filters should not be thought of as the treatment for dvt. They are useful for patients that can not be anticoagulated due to other diseases. Filters are effective at trapping large embli but do not treat the DVT and do not trap smaller emboli.
Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Dr. Randy Stevens
Finding the cause of dvt is also important. Prevention also important
Dr. Gary Tannenbaum
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Treatment DVT

The usual treatment for DVT is anticoagulation with Coumadin or warfarin.
The medicine prolongs the time it takes for the blood to clot and reduces the formation of new vein clots or thrombi. Clots that are already in the deep veins are unlikely to travel to the lungs as they adhere to the vein wall after a few days. If anticoagulation cannot be used a vena cava filter may be indicated.

In brief: Treatment DVT

The usual treatment for DVT is anticoagulation with Coumadin or warfarin.
The medicine prolongs the time it takes for the blood to clot and reduces the formation of new vein clots or thrombi. Clots that are already in the deep veins are unlikely to travel to the lungs as they adhere to the vein wall after a few days. If anticoagulation cannot be used a vena cava filter may be indicated.
Dr. Gary Tannenbaum
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Dr. Norman Bein
Surgery

In brief: Anticoagulation

If unable to tolerate anticoagulation then a filter will be placed in your vena cava.

In brief: Anticoagulation

If unable to tolerate anticoagulation then a filter will be placed in your vena cava.
Dr. Norman Bein
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