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What if someone who has deep vein thrombosis (DVT) cannot take blood thinners?

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Doctors use drugs called thrombolytics to quickly break down a big clot that threatens to cut off blood flow. Your doctor will want to keep a close eye on you, because the medication can cause uncontrolled bleeding.

Your doctor could also recommend surgery to put a vena cava filter -- a tiny umbrella-like device -- inside the big vein that goes to your lungs. It can catch a dislodged clot before it causes trouble.

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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