How Blood Thinners Help Those with DVT

October 3, 2021 • zburt • DVTVein Disease
When clots form within your deep veins, you have deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a dangerous issue that can be uncomfortable or may have no symptoms. One of the most common treatments for DVT is to take blood thinners to help stop new blood clots from thinning and may slow the growth of existing clots.

Why do Varicose Veins Get Blood Clots?

There are a number of reasons you could end up with blood clots. Anything that stops the blood from flowing in a normal way could cause a blood clot. The top causes for DVT include damage caused to a vein during surgery, inflammation due to injury or trauma to the area. There are many risk factors that could increase your chances of developing DVT. Having multiple risk factors increases the chances of developing DVT even further. These risk factors include:
  • Older than 60
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Injury to the veins
  • Being overweight
  • Surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Smoking
  • Heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s)
If you have an increased risk of blood clots, you should seek out preventative care. We provide many vein treatments options to help you with vein issues.

Why Blood Clots are Dangerous

Blood clots to prevent too much blood loss. Usually, blood clots dissolve on their own. If a blood clot breaks apart or breaks through and goes into a heart valve, it could cause heart failure. It could also get stuck in the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. This means that the blood clots can stop blood flow in ways that are life threatening and should be taken seriously.

Symptoms of DVT

In some cases, DVT has no symptoms. But, the typical symptoms include:
  • Throbbing pain and cramping, usually in the calf
  • Red or discolored skin
  • Swelling on the leg (rarely will both be affected)
  • A warm area on the leg
If you develop signs of DVT, talk to your doctor immediately. If you start to experience chest pain, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, rapid pulse, coughing up blood or rapid breathing, you need to seek emergency medical help.

Why Blood Thinners Work

If you have DVT, you will likely get put on blood thinners. These won’t actually make the blood thinner, but they will stop the blood from clotting quickly. Anticoagulants are typically what is given to someone with an existing clot, though they won’t shrink the current clot. With blood thinners in your system, you will be at risk for certain activities. A cut could cause a major loss of blood, since your body will struggle to clot and heal.

Get Treated at Tri-City Vein in Phoenix, AZ

Ultimately, the best form of DVT treatment is prevention. If you know your veins are at risk or you hit many of the risk factors for DVT, you should start looking into vein treatments and preventative blood thinners, like antiplatelets that are weaker than anticoagulants but stop the platelets from sticking to things. Contact us to schedule a consult today! You can see our state-of-the-art facility and meet our vein Physicians in Phoenix, Arizona....

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