Many factors increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis. Some risk factors do not change, such as genetic blood irregularities, while other risk factors may change according to circumstances, such as pregnancy.
Home treatment for deep vein thrombosis focuses on safety while taking anticoagulants because of the increased risk for bleeding. Anticoagulant treatment for a first episode of deep vein thrombosis usually lasts for 3 to 6 months. While you are being trea
Blood thinners are medicines that help prevent blood clots. Al though they are called blood thinners, they don't really thin the blood. They slow down the time it takes for a blood clot to form.You have to be careful when you take blood thinner medicines. They can raise the risk of serious bleeding. But you can do some simple things to help prevent problems. This Actionset is about all blood thinner medicines except warfarin (Coumadin). There are some extra steps you have to take if you take warfarin. To learn more, see Warfarin: Taking Your Medicine Safely. What is a blood thinner? Why must you be careful when taking blood thinners? How do you take blood thinner medicine safely? Where to go from hereReturn to topic:Atrial FibrillationCoronary Artery DiseaseDeep Vein ThrombosisHeart Attack and Unstable AnginaHeart FailurePulmonary EmbolismStrokeTransient Ischemic Attack
A d-dimer test is a blood test that measures a substance that is released when a blood clot breaks up. Doctors order the d-dimer test, along with other lab tests and imaging scans, to help check for blood-clotting problems. A d-dimer test can also be used to check how well a treatment is working.
Thrombolytic medicines,such as streptokinase,urokinase,or tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA),interfere with the action of thrombin,which is needed to form blood clots. These medicines help to dissolve blood clots and may be used to treat pulmonary embolism in life-threatening situations. Research continues on the best use of thrombolytics to treat pulmonary embolism. All ...
Blood clots can happen in veins. A blood clot in a vein close to the skin isn't likely to cause problems. But having blood clots in deep veins is called deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis happens most often in the legs. This problem can lead to a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism).The deep veins of the leg have different terms to describe their location:Upper (proximal) leg veins are those above the knee but below the waist. Popliteal veins are located behind the knee.Iliac and femoral veins are in the groin area.Lower (distal) leg veins are those below the knee. Distal leg veins are located in the calf and ankle.A person with a blood clot in a deep upper (proximal) leg vein is at increased risk for a blood clot in the lung or other complications.
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 ...