Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Treatments
The formation of a clot in a deep of the leg or lower . Symptoms may include pain, swelling, warmth, and redness in the affected area. Also called DVT.
About Treatments for DVT
Doctors treat (DVT) with medicines and other devices and . The main goals of treating DVT are to:Stop the clot from getting bigger Prevent the clot from breaking off and moving to your Reduce your chance of having another clot
Your doctor may prescribe medicines to prevent or treat DVT.
Anticoagulants (AN-te-ko-AG-u-lants) are the most common medicines for treating DVT. They’re also known as thinners.
These medicines decrease your ‘s ability to clot. They also stop existing blood clots from getting bigger. However, blood thinners can’t break up blood clots that have already formed. (The body dissolves most blood clots with time.)
thinners can be taken as a pill, an under the , or through a needle or tube inserted into a (called , or IV, injection).