Deep Vein Thrombosis - Treatment Overview

The main goals of treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are:


DVT is usually treated with anticoagulant medicines. These medicines are often called blood thinners, but they do not actually thin the blood. They prevent blood clots by increasing the time it takes a blood clot to form. Also, anticoagulants help prevent existing blood clots from becoming larger.

You might take anticoagulants for at least 3 months. The length of time will vary based on your own health, where the blood clot is in your leg, and your risk for a pulmonary embolism.2

Other treatments may be used in the hospital for some people. These treatments include thrombolytic medicine or vena cava filters. These treatments are not common. They might be used for people who are at risk for serious problems from DVT.

For more information on these treatments, see Medications and Other Treatment.


Your doctor may also recommend self-care to relieve symptoms and prevent complications. This care includes:

For more information, see Home Treatment.

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