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  1. What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

    The main cause of DVT is poor blood flow. It gives the cells a chance to stick together and start clotting. Someone whose blood clots easily is also at greater risk.

  2. Warfarin and Vitamin K - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Warfarin: Taking Your Medicine Safely

  3. Warfarin and Vitamin K - Topic Overview

    Warfarin is a pill that you take regularly to help prevent blood clots or to keep a clot from getting bigger. Coumadin is the common brand name for warfarin.To ensure that warfarin is effectively thinning your blood, it's important to eat about the same amount of vitamin K every day. Vitamin K normally helps your blood clot so wounds don't bleed too much. Warfarin works against vitamin K, making your blood clot more slowly. So warfarin and vitamin K work against each other in your body. That is why, when you take warfarin, it's important that you not suddenly eat a lot more or a lot less vitamin K-rich food than you usually do.How to get a steady amount of vitamin KIt's up to you how much vitamin K you choose to eat. For example, if you already eat a lot of leafy green vegetables, that's fine. Just keep it about the same amount each day. And if you take a multivitamin that contains vitamin K, be sure you take it every day. Check with your doctor before you make big changes in

  4. Compression Stockings for Deep Vein Thrombosis - Topic Overview

    Specially fitted compression stockings are designed to treat or help prevent blood clots from developing in deep leg veins. These stockings are available from a medical supply store with a doctor's prescription or over the counter at some pharmacies. There are generally two types of compression stockings used for leg deep vein thrombosis. The type recommended will usually be based upon one of ...

  5. Post-Thrombotic Syndrome - Topic Overview

    What is post-thrombotic syndrome?Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or deep vein blood clot. After a while, this blood clot (usually in your leg), can damage the vein.Damage to the vein can lead to more pressure in the veins. The increased pressure can cause long-term problems such as swelling, skin damage, and painful sores (ulcers) near the ankle.PTS can be a long-term problem that lasts for years. PTS is also called postphlebitic syndrome.What are the symptoms?Symptoms of post-thrombotic syndrome include: Brownish discoloration of the skin. Itching, swelling, slow-healing sores, and pain in the area. Fragile skin on the area, which bruises easily. The skin may be dry and may peel. How is it treated? You may need to wear specially fitted compression stockings to treat PTS. These may help with pain and swelling. If you have sores, you may need medicines and bandages to help the sores heal. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicines. Propping

  6. Thrombolytics for Deep Vein Thrombosis - Topic Overview

    Medicines that rapidly dissolve a blood clot (thrombolytics) are sometimes used to treat a recently formed blood clot that is causing severe symptoms. These medicines are given through a vein in the hand or arm. Or a doctor might use a special tube called a catheter and give the medicine directly into the blood clot. These medicines can greatly increase the risk of bleeding,so they are used ...

  7. Deep Vein Thrombosis - Other Treatment

    Learn about other treatments for deep vein thrombosis.

  8. Doppler Ultrasound

    A Doppler ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to evaluate blood as it flows through a blood vessel.

  9. Deep Vein Thrombosis - Health Tools

    This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding deep vein thrombosis.

  10. Deep Vein Thrombosis - What Happens

    If you have symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, testing will begin immediately to determine whether you have a blood clot in your leg. Often people with deep vein thrombosis do not have any symptoms.

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