Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment

DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis is defined as the development of blood clots in the deep veins, most commonly within the legs. All treatment options for deep vein thrombosis are focused on attaining the same three goals:

  1. Prevent the blood clot from becoming any larger.
  2. Prevent the development of a pulmonary embolism by making sure the blood clot does not break loose.
  3. Limit the likelihood of Deep Vein Thrombosis developing again in the future.

There are several different types of treatment options for Deep Vein Thrombosis. Two of the leading forms of treatment for DVT include blood thinners and filters.

  • Blood Thinners: This type of treatment option uses medications like anticoagulants to reduce the ability of your blood to clot. This treatment method is especially beneficial in the prevention of future blood clots. Learn more about Blood Thinners…
  • Filters: This type of treatment is an alternative to medication. Rather than altering your bloods clotting ability, filters are placed into the vena cava vein, which is a large vein that is located within the abdomen. Learn more about Filters…

Another type of treatment method for DVT is the prescribed use of compression stockings. Compression stockings work by preventing any swelling that is associated with deep vein thrombosis. Generally, compression stockings are worn from the ankle to the knee for a period of about a year. The pressure offered by the compression stocking will reduce the ability of your blood to pool and ultimately clot.

In addition to these medical treatment options, lifestyle changes and home remedies are often very beneficial for reducing the risk of DVT. Simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoothing and controlling your blood pressure will all help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis from developing in the future. Other home remedies that will help to treat and prevent DVT include:

  • Making regular appointments with your physician to check-up on your overall health, and to ensure that you do not have any present or developing blood clots.
  • Moderate your intake of vitamin K.
  • Make sure to exercise your calf muscles every day, especially during long periods of sitting like while traveling or at work. This can be accomplished as easily as taking a brief walk in the middle of your day.
  • Be wary of excessive bleeding, as this can be a side effect of blood thinning medications.

If you would like more information regarding treatment options for Deep Vein Thrombosis in North Georgia, then please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perry.