doctor suspects that you have DVT, you probably will have an
ultrasound test to measure the blood flow through your
veins and help find any clots that might be blocking the flow. Other tests,
such as a venogram, are sometimes used if ultrasound results are unclear. A
venogram is an
X-ray test that takes pictures of the blood flow
through the veins.
Treatment begins right away to
reduce the chance that the blood clot will grow or that a piece of the clot
might break loose and flow to your lungs.
Treatment for DVT
usually involves taking blood thinners (anticoagulants) for at least 3 months to
prevent existing clots from growing.
also may recommend that you prop up or elevate your leg when possible, take walks, and wear compression
stockings. These measures may help reduce the pain and swelling that can
happen with DVT.
are things you can do to prevent DVT. After surgery, you can take an anticoagulant medicine to prevent blood clots. You might also wear compression stockings. You can try to get up and out of bed as soon as possible after an illness or
surgery. If you are sitting for a long time, like during a long flight, you can exercise your legs to help blood flow.
This information is produced and provided by the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 16, 2014
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