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.
No avoiding... In the acute stage, unless the blood clot stays below the knee, you would need blood thinners to prevent blood clot from going to lungs. You may need these medications for 3 to 6 months or sometimes for life if you gave a genetic tendency to form blood clots. Quitting smoking and stopping birth control or estrogen pills help.
Do the right thing. If I had a choice between not taking medicine and increasing my risk of death, I would take the medicine. You can always do it in shot form if you have trouble with pills.
DVT. Read this: http://www. Ask. Com/wiki/deep_vein_thrombosis.
Treat both. Hypertension should not alter the treatment plan for dvt. Systemic anticoagulation for 3-6 months is a minimum recomendation, and dont forget the compression stockings to prevent post-phlebitic syndrome.
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!
Carefully. Manage the blood pressure medically and treat the DVT with Heparin then Coumadin (warfarin) for 6 months.
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.
Should I worry about swelling of 1 ankle & it feeling achy? It's hot where I live. I've been treated for deep vein thrombosis in past with surgery.
You might... Although with the heat, there tends to be some degree of swelling associated with that, your history of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and 1 sided swelling (particularly if it is the side you had the dvt) is a bit of a concern. If you haven't been followed up with recent doppler (ultrasounds) by your doc, you should consider having it checked.
See a doctor. Your description has concern, you should see a doctor for exam.
Dvt. I would recommend evaluation with venous doppler sonogram. The heat issue is not responsible for swelling of one ankle, as that would affect both ankles.