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How long will someone who has deep vein thrombosis (DVT) have to stay on blood thinners?

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It depends on what caused your clot. Someone who's had a DVT typically takes blood thinners for 6 months. If the clot had just one cause, like surgery, and you don't have any other risk factors for DVT, it might be less time. If it was because of an inherited condition or an ongoing (chronic) disease, it could be longer.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis [DVT] / Pulmonary Embolism [PE] -- Blood Clot Forming in a Vein, Facts."

Marc Passman, MD, director, Vein Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

NIH MedlinePlus: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Latest NIH Research."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

Sam Schulman, MD, director, Clinical Thromboembolism Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario.

Natalie Evans, MD, vascular medicine specialist, Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis [DVT] / Pulmonary Embolism [PE] -- Blood Clot Forming in a Vein, Facts."

Marc Passman, MD, director, Vein Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

NIH MedlinePlus: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Latest NIH Research."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?"

Sam Schulman, MD, director, Clinical Thromboembolism Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario.

Natalie Evans, MD, vascular medicine specialist, Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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