Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the development of a blood clot within a vein. An estimated 600,000 hospitalizations for DVT occur every year in the United States. A DVT must be treated quickly to avoid or minimize serious complications including pulmonary embolism and post-thrombotic syndrome.
The objective of deep vein thrombosis treatment is threefold:
- Stopping your blood clot from getting any bigger
- Preventing the clot from breaking loose and causing a pulmonary embolism
- Reducing the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis occurring again
Cornerstones of conservative treatment for a DVT include:
Blood thinning medications
: Anticoagulants or blood thinners lessen your blood’s ability to clot and can prevent clots from getting bigger, while reducing your risk of developing more clots. Blood thinners can be taken as a pill, an injection under the skin or intravenously. Treatment can last between three and six months.
: Vein doctors in Vernon Hills prescribe these medicines to quickly dissolve large clots that bring on severe symptoms. These medications are only used in life-threatening situations as they can cause sudden bleeding.
Vena Cava Filter
: If you are not a candidate for the medications listed above, a vein doctor in Vernon Hills might suggest a filter. These filters are inserted into your vena cava (a large vein) to prevent clots that break loose from lodging in your lungs.
: Graduated compression stockings work to reduce leg swelling and leg pain in Vernon Hills patients. They can also reduce the occurrence of varicose veins. The pressure they provide helps to keep blood from pooling and clotting. Prescription-strength stockings offer the greatest amount of pressure but need to be fitted by a trained professional. Talk with your vein doctor in Vernon Hills for more information on compression stockings.
Fortunately, with greater awareness of symptoms, DVT can be diagnosed and treated earlier and major complications can be reduced and avoided.
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