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    Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Health    Deep Vein Thrombosis
    Also called: DVT

    Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. If the vein swells, the condition is called thrombophlebitis. A deep vein thrombosis can break loose and cause a serious problem in the lung, called a pulmonary embolism.

    Sitting still for a long time can make you more likely to get a DVT. Some medicines and disorders that increase your risk for blood clots can also lead to DVTs. Common symptoms are

    • Warmth and tenderness over the vein
    • Pain or swelling in the part of the body affected
    • Skin redness

    Treatment includes medicines to ease pain and inflammation, break up clots and keep new clots from forming. Keeping the affected area raised and applying moist heat can also help. If you are taking a long car or plane trip, take a break, walk or stretch your legs and drink plenty of liquids.

    Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following features are indicative of Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • swelling in the affected leg
    • pain in the leg
    It is possible that Deep Vein Thrombosis shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
    References: 1

    Common Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following are the most common causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • blood clot formation in the veins
    References: 2

    Risk Factors of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • inheriting a blood-clotting disorder
    • prolonged bed rest
    • injury or surgery
    • pregnancy
    • birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
    • being overweight or obese
    • being smoking
    • cancer
    • heart failure
    • inflammatory bowel disease
    • a personal or family history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism

    Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • avoid sitting still
    • avoid smoking
    • do regular exercise
    • by losing weight
    References: 3

    Occurrence of Deep Vein Thrombosis.

    Degree of Occurrence

    The following are number of Deep Vein Thrombosis cases seen each year worldwide:
    • Not common between 50K - 500K cases

    Common Age Group

    Deep Vein Thrombosis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
    • Can happen at any age

    Common Gender

    Deep Vein Thrombosis most commonly occurs in the following gender:
    • Not gender specific
    References: 4

    Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • Ultrasound: To check the presence of clots
    • CT or MRI scans: To check for the presence of clots
    References: 5, 6

    Doctor for Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis:

    Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • Haematologist

    Complications of Deep Vein Thrombosis if Untreated

    Yes, Deep Vein Thrombosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Deep Vein Thrombosis is left untreated:
    • pulmonary embolism
    • postphlebitic syndrome
    References: 7

    Procedures for Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following procedures are used to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • Clot removal: To remove clot through surgery
    • Vein filter: To inhibit the clots from being carried into your lungs in people who can't take anticoagulant drugs
    References: 8

    Self-care for Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • Drink plenty of fluids: Preventing dehydration decreases the development of blood clots
    • Take a break from sitting: Take a moment to walk while driving or sitting to avoid formation of clots
    • Wear support stockings: Promote circulation and fluid movement in the legs
    References: 9

    Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Deep Vein Thrombosis:
    • Do regular exercise: Decreases the risk of blood clots
    References: 10

    Patient Support for Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    The following actions may help Deep Vein Thrombosis patients:
    • Join support research groups: Provides medical knowledge and care about the various blood disorders
    References: 11

    Time for Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Deep Vein Thrombosis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
    • In 3 - 6 months
    References: 12

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    Contemporary Trends and Comparative Outcomes With Adjunctive Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement in Patients Undergoing Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis for Deep Vein Thrombosis in the United States: Insights From the National Inpatient Sample

    Monday, July 16, 2018 -- AbstractObjectives The aim of this study was to investigate the contemporary trends and comparative effectiveness of adjunctive inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) placement in patients undergoing catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) for treatment of proximal lower extremity or caval deep vein thrombosis. Background CDT is being increasingly used in the management of proximal deep vein thrombosis. Although a significant number of patients treated with CDT undergo adjunctive IVCF placement, the benefit of this practice remains unknown. Methods The National Inpatient Sample database was used to identify all patients with proximal or caval deep vein thrombosis who underwent CDT (with and without adjunctive IVCF placement) in the United States between January 2005 and December 2013. A propensity score–matching algorithm was then used

    Can thrombophilia predict recurrent catheter-related deep vein thrombosis in children?

    Thursday, June 14, 2018 -- The role of thrombophilia testing in predicting catheter-related deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after an incident (ie, first) catheter-related DVT in children remains unclear. The present study investigated the association between thrombophilia and recurrent catheter-related DVT. Children with thrombophilia testing, performed according to the clinician’s judgment and the family’s preference, and a history of objectively confirmed catheter-related DVT were included in the study. Recurrent catheter-related DVT after placement of a new catheter was the main outcome. Thrombophilia was classified as minor, major, or none. Analysis was conducted using mixed effect logistic regression. A total of 245 patients had 1,365 catheters inserted; 941 of these catheters were placed after the incident catheter-related DVT. Anticoagulants as treatment or prophylaxis were administered in

    Low-dose aspirin may prevent PE, DVT events in patients after TKA

    Thursday, June 14, 2018 -- Low-dose aspirin used for the prevention of venous thromboembolism following total knee arthroplasty showed similar effects to those seen with high-dose aspirin, according to results published in The Journal of Arthroplasty.Compared to high-dose aspirin in the setting of TKA, “We found out low-dose aspirin showed similar prophylactic effect in terms of venous thromboembolism — both pulmonary embolism [PE] and deep venous thrombosis — and they appeared to have similar complication profiles in terms of bleeding, whether it was wound bleeding or gastrointestinal bleeding, as

    Varicose veins associated with increased risk of deep venous thrombosis

    Wednesday, March 07, 2018 -- There is a significant association between varicose veins and an increased risk for deep venous thrombosis and possible associations with pulmonary embolism and peripheral artery disease, though results are still unclear.

    Varicose Veins Linked with Higher Risk of Deep Venous Thrombosis

    Friday, March 02, 2018 -- Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins that could be linked to a higher risk of developing deep venous thrombosis. The new research that explored this link claimed that the risk of developing dangerous blood clots increases five times for … The post Varicose Veins Linked with Higher Risk of Deep Venous Thrombosis appeared first on Bel Marra Health - Breaking Health News and Health Information.


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