Managing a DVT Blood Clot
Fortunately, if you are diagnosed with a DVT, there are treatments that can help.
Drugs generally used to treat DVT fall into two basic categories; your doctor may
recommend that you take a medication that prevents the growth and development of
blood clots (anticoagulant) or a medication that helps to dissolve a clot by causing
it to disintegrate (thrombolytic agent). These types of drugs may cause bleeding
and should only be taken under medical supervision.
While taking these medications:
- Always read the product label and discuss potential side effects with your healthcare
- Take only the amount of medication prescribed, and do not change the dosage unless
you have been instructed to do so
- Do not take these medications with any herbal remedies or megavitamin supplements
without checking with your healthcare provider
Patients who are unable to take anticoagulants (due to allergy or excess bleeding)
or who develop PE while on therapy may need to have surgery to insert a small metal
filter that prevents breakaway clots from traveling through the heart to the lungs
or to remove the clot using a catheter.
To minimize pain and discomfort your doctor may recommend that you:
- Elevate the affected leg whenever possible
- Apply heat to relieve pain and reduce swelling
- Wear compression bandages or support hose to reduce swelling and decrease the pooling