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DVT – Complications

March 14, 2021


The two main complications from DVT are pulmonary embolism and long-term damage to the veins with the blood clot. Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clot from the leg or the arm breaks off and gets lodged in the lungs. Damage to the veins usually only occurs with larger clots that go unnoticed for long periods of time. You can get rid of blood clots by taking blood thinning medicines. Your ER team started you on a blood thinning pills or an injection that you can use at home to start treating the clot. With time and close follow up from your primary care team, the clot should slowly resolve. DVT treatment includes enoxaparin and warfarin as well as newer medications such as apixaban and rivaroxaban.

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