Frequently Asked Questions for Deep Vein Thrombosis

Can I take over-the-counter medications and vitamins while taking anticoagulants (blood thinners)?

Some over-the-counter medications, such as vitamin K in multivitamins, may change the way your medications work. Aspirin can also thin your blood. Taking two medications (even if one is over-the-counter) that thins your blood may increase your risk for excessive bleeding.

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Compression stockings are very uncomfortable. If I am on blood thinners do I still need to wear them?

Compression stockings are not a substitute for blood thinners. Their role is critical and additive to the treatment of DVT, targeting an optimal therapeutic result.

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Preventative Treatment Methods for DVT

Preventing deep vein thrombosis is important to prevent pulmonary embolism, which can lead to serious complications. Medications, such as anticoagulants, may be given to certain surgical patients to prevent deep vein thrombosis.

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Compression Stockings - Activity Guidelines for DVT

Once DVT occurs, getting around may become more difficult at first. You should gradually return to your normal activities. If your legs feel swollen or heavy, lie in bed with your heels elevated 5 to 6 inches. This will help improve circulation and decrease your leg swelling.

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Can DVT be prevented?

If you have had DVT, then you will need to prevent further clots from developing by:

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA