PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How are blood thinners used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

ANSWER

These drugs, also called anti-coagulants, are the most common treatment for DVT. They can keep a clot from growing or breaking off, and they prevent new clots from forming. That said, despite their name, anti-coagulants can't thin your blood, or dissolve an existing clot.

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 17, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What blood thinners are used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.