New Blood Thinner Helps against DVT

Fighting DVT in Atlanta has just gotten a bit easier, as a new blood thinner can help prevent DVT and blood clots.

New Blood Thinner Helps against DVT

Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a common condition marked by the development of blood clots deep within the veins of the legs. The blood clots may develop due to a genetic predisposition or from a wide array of lifestyle factors, such as sedentary habits or a career line in which you sit or stand for prolonged periods of time. In Atlanta DVT is a common condition, and it is important that those with the condition take extra steps to prevent the occurrence of a blood clot or pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition in which blood clots leave the extremities and enter the lungs.

For years, blood thinners have been prescribed to patients with blood clots, as well as to those at heightened risk for blood clots in order to prevent them from developing. The leading form of blood thinning medication currently prescribed is warfarin, which is highly effective at preventing blood clots and treating DVT. However, warfarin is also highly associated with fatal internal bleeding, which makes it only advisable to take under medical supervision, including monthly or sometimes weekly testing.

The new blood thinning medication is called apixaban (eliquis). Unlike warfarin, it is not highly associated with any severe complications like internal bleeding, and does not require regular checkups or direct monitoring. Instead, apixaban is taken two times a day and its anti-clotting agents prevent and treat blood clots that have formed.

The apixaban tablets have been approved in Europe and Canada, and are currently under review by the FDA with their official approval expected to hit the United States early in 2013. Many physicians and patients are excited about the treatment option that apixaban is offering, as the daily oral tablet eliminates so much of the hassle associated with current blood clot treatment.

Apixaban is regarded as a premier preventative treatment for preventing venous disease following surgery, as well as an effective treatment for atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat.

Only your vein specialist will be able to determine what form of treatment is ideal for your medical needs. This new form of medication will open the door to effective blood clot treatment for many people who were otherwise at too great of a risk to take warfarin due to the common complication of excessive bleeding.

For more information about apixaban (eliquis) contact your vein specialist.

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