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P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism

What happens if you’re hospitalized? If you have to be admitted to the hospital to treat your deep vein thrombosis, you may be hospitalized for 5-10 days. You’ll be given anticoagulants (commonly called blood thinners) to control and prevent further clotting. Anticoagulants can be given in pill form, by an IV (intravenous) line, or as an injection. Bed rest may be ordered and your leg elevated to reduce swelling. Before going home, you may be fitted with prescription elastic support stockings. These help prevent ongoing leg swelling that can cause tissue damage. Special procedures and treatments Your healthcare provider will determine specific treatment for DVT based on: 77 Your age, overall health and medical history 77 Extent of the disease 77 Your signs and symptoms 77 Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies 77 Expectations for the course of the disease 77 Your opinion or preference The goal of treatment is to prevent the clot from growing, to ensure it doesn’t break off and travel through the veins to the lungs, and to help reduce the possibility of another blood clot forming. PLAY VIDEO Diabetes Detective 9


P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism
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