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Deep Vein Thrombosis Health Center

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Deep Vein Thrombosis - Other Treatment

Vena cava filters are used for some people who have deep vein thrombosis. This is not a common treatment.

A vena cava filter is inserted into the vena cava, the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the abdomen and legs.

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Taking Blood Thinners for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Blood thinners (also called anticoagulants) are commonly used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) usually in the upper part of the leg. Though they're called blood thinners, these DVT treatments do not actually thin your blood. Instead, they keep existing blood clots from getting larger or prevent new ones from forming. They do this by preventing the production of certain proteins needed for blood to clot. Common blood thinners include: Apixaban (Eliquis) Dabigatran (Pradaxa) Edox...

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This filter can prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). But the filter doesn't stop a clot from forming.

Vena cava filters might be used if you:

  • Cannot take anticoagulants.
  • Continue to develop blood clots even though you have been taking anticoagulants.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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