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Deep vein thrombosis: Taking anticoagulants safely

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where blood clots develop in the deep veins of your legs. These clots are dangerous because they can block blood flow, which can cause many different complications.

Anticoagulant medications do not cure deep vein thrombosis, but they can help prevent complications.

Key points

  • Some people cannot take anticoagulants.
  • Certain precautions should be followed when taking anticoagulants.
  • Regular blood monitoring is needed while taking some anticoagulants.
  • The length of time that you need to take anticoagulants depends upon your history of blood clots, risk factors, and symptoms.
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Atrial Fibrillation

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Author Robin Parks, MS
Editor Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Associate Editor Denele Ivins
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Cardiovascular Surgery
Last Updated January 15, 2008

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Last Updated: January 15, 2008
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