DVT's and Venous Stasis Ulcers

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Arteries bring oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body, whereas your veins are the blood vessels that return oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. You have three kinds of veins. Superficial veins lie close to your skin, and the deep veins lie in groups of muscles. Perforating veins connect the superficial veins to the deep veins with one-way valves. Deep veins lead to the vena cava, your body’s largest vein, which runs directly to your heart. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one of the deep veins. Usually, DVT occurs in your pelvis, thigh, or calf, but it can also occur less commonly in your arm, chest, or other locations.

DVT is usually treated with medication.

BLOOD THINNERS, also known as anticoagulants, are the most common medicines used for treating DVT.  They prevent blood clots from getting larger by decreasing your blood’s ability to clot.  Over time, your body works with the blood thinners to decrease the size and consistency of the clot.  Blood thinners can be taken as a pill, as an injection or intravenously (through an IV).  Blood thinners can increase your chance of bleeding, so careful follow-up with your vascular surgeon is necessary.

THROMBOLYTIC THERAPY is sometimes used to quickly dissolve a blood clot, especially if the clot is large and causing severe symptoms.  This treatment brings a much higher risk of bleeding than blood thinners, so it is not used unless truly necessary.

AN IVC FILTER placed inside the inferior vena cava, one of the largest veins in the body, may be an option.  The filter does not stop a blood clot from forming, but can prevent a large clot from entering your lungs.

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