Q19. How do you treat deep vein thrombosis?

A19. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is often treated with a type of medication called an "anticoagulant". Anticoagulants work by preventing a blood clot from increasing in size or from breaking up and passing through your veins into your lungs (pulmonary embolism).

Heparin and warfarin are two examples of anticoagulant drugs.

Many people assume that warfarin thins the blood but what it and heparin do is to change the conditions within the blood to stop blood clots from forming.

It increases the amount of time needed for a blood clot to form. This is why it is known as a "blood thinner". 

Other forms of treatment include wearing compression stockings and lying down and raising your legs. This elevation eases any pressure on the veins and stops blood from collecting in the veins in the lower legs.

For more information about treatment and other aspects visit our deep vein thrombosis section.  

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