Deep Vein Thrombosis / DVT Treatment

DVT treatment requires meeting three basic needs:

  • Stop the blood clot from growing
  • Stop the blood clot from breaking loose
  • Stop the condition from happening again

Doctors will recommend the following options for deep vein thrombosis treatment:

  • Blood Thinners – a combination of intravenous and oral medication to thin the blood and reduce the risk of clotting. Usually prescribed for up to three months.
  • Thrombolytics (clotbusters) – a more intensive round of intravenous medication may be required if the blood clot does not react to the blood thinners.
  • Filters – a filter is installed in the vena cava (large vein in the abdomen) to prevent any blood clots from reaching the lungs.
  • Compression Sleeves – improve circulation and reduce the possibility of blood clots forming in the leg. Usually worn for a year or more after treatment.
  • Blood clot in the leg
  • Swelling in the lower leg, ankle, and/or foot
  • Pain that radiates down the calf into the ankle and foot
  • Pain akin to a charley horse in the calf area
  • Affected area is warm to the touch
  • Changes in skin color – skin may be pale, or tinged with red or blue
  • In some cases, no symptoms are noted
  • Venous insufficiency (your own or running in your family)
  • Prescriptions that can increase blood clotting
  • Medical conditions such as some cancers, heart disease, bowel disease
  • Sitting for a long period (such as in a car or on a plane)
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Hormone therapy
  • Overweight
  • Being over age 60
  • Smoking
  • Being tall

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous condition in which one or more blood clots forms in the deep veins of the body. For example, a blood clot can form in the leg.

The clotting itself can cause discomfort, swelling, and other symptoms. The real danger of deep vein thrombosis arises when a blood clot breaks free. A moving blood clot can travel through the venous system and lodge in the lungs. This situation is dangerous and can be fatal.

These products are designed to help relieve pain and discomfort from DVT: