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
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.
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
Warfarin is a medicine that helps prevent blood clots. Because it prevents clots,it also helps prevent heart attacks,strokes,and other problems caused by blood clots. It's important to know how to take warfarin safely. What is warfarin? Why is safety an issue when you take warfarin? How do you take warfarin safely? Where to go from here Aortic Valve Regurgitation Atrial Fibrillation ...