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One new option for people who have been diagnosed with a blood clot is Thrombolysis which uses medicines and devices to remove the blood clot. While not risk free, and not offered universally, the following doctors and institutions do offer this. If you think you may be interested, it is important to act quickly. Blood clots harden within the first several weeks, making it much more difficult to remove the clot. This procedure has risks and you should discuss with your doctors the tradeoffs for your particular situation.
Doctors and Hospitals offering Thrombolysis - Link to Doctors and Hospitals

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Vitamin K info
Posted by INFO
Last Reply October 12, 2008 at 23:40
Started September 28, 2008 at 19:42
Very high amounts of vitamin E can interfere with vitamin K. The oxidized form of E known as tocopherylquinone interferes with vitamin K's ability to carboxylate coagulation proteins. But, it takes thousands of IUs a day to create this effect. Supplemental vitamin E in the normal range of up to 1200 IU/day will not affect vitamin K or blood coagulation, unless vitamin K is perilously low.

Antibiotics wipe out intestinal flora, which are a source of vitamin K2.

Cholesterol-reducing drugs, low-fat diets, Olestra, and anything else that interferes with fat reduces vitamin K. Vitamin K is carted around the body by lipoproteins -- the same proteins that carry cholesterol. In order for vitamin K to be absorbed, there must be some fat present.

Mineral oil (NOT VEG oil) laxatives interfere with the absorption of vitamin K. BHT, the synthetic food preservative, can interfere with vitamin K.

Liver disease, gastrointestinal diseases, gall-stones, synthetic estrogens and a... read more

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will i qualify 4 life insurance?
Posted by kay
Last Reply October 11, 2008 at 19:05
Started October 9, 2008 at 11:59
After being diagnosed with a dvt in calf and previously took coumadin for 9 months..I'm wondering if there is a chance I can still get life insurance (or am I officialy uninsurable)???

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DVT & Excercise
Posted by T. Preston Tyree
Last Reply October 11, 2008 at 18:22
Started October 11, 2008 at 14:10
My wife experienced a DVT in 2000. Recently she has begun an excercise program as a supplement to a revised diet. After a few weeks of successful execution, she is now experiencing a substantial amount of pain in the leg that was affected by the DVT, along with the increased visibility of some vessels at the surface. There hasn't been any profound discoloration of the skin as there was with the initial onset of the DVT.

Does anyone have any experience or advice with this situation? I noticed that many of the posts deal with more recent onset of the condition, but as I mentioned previously, she is 8 years beyond the initial onset.

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Leg Discolouration
Posted by Mel
Last Reply October 11, 2008 at 18:16
Started October 9, 2008 at 08:07
Hi Guys

Is anyone else having a problem with leg discolouration due to DVT?

My left leg in specific, near the ankle and half way up the leg is starting to go red, looks like millions of burst veins.

Is anyone else having this problem and is there anything you can do about it to clear it or prevent it from happening??

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Migraine Linked To Blood Clots In Veins
Posted by N
Last Reply October 10, 2008 at 17:44
Started September 21, 2008 at 12:08
ScienceDaily (Sep. 17, 2008) — People with migraines may also be more likely to develop blood clots in their veins, according to a study published in the September 16, 2008, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

In the condition, called venous thrombosis or thromboembolism, blood clots form in a vein, which can limit blood flow and cause swelling and pain. Those clots can then dislodge from the vein and travel to the heart and the lungs, which can be fatal.

For the study, 574 people in Italy age 55 and up were interviewed to determine whether they had a history of migraine or migraine at the time of the evaluation and their medical records were reviewed for cases of venous thrombosis. The arteries in their necks and thighs were scanned with ultrasounds to check for atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

Of the participants, 111 people had migraine. A total of 21 people with migraine also had one or more instances of venous th... read more

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U.S. Surgeon Generals "Call to Action" for DVT
Posted by Tom in Connecticut
Last Reply October 10, 2008 at 14:16
Started September 19, 2008 at 13:56
On 15 September, the U.S. Surgeon General (Rear Admiral Galson) presented a "Call to Action" to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolisms.

What does the Call to action do:

The Call to Action urges all Americans to understand the risk factors and triggering events for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), to recognize the symptoms, and to work with their healthcare providers to prevent and treat these potentially fatal conditions. It includes steps for communities (including patients and their families), the healthcare system, and policymakers and the government.

The three key goals of the Call to Action are to:

1. Increase awareness among consumers, healthcare providers, and healthcare administrators about the risk factors, triggering events, and symptoms of DVT and PE

2. Develop evidence-based practices for screening, preventing, diagnosing, and treating DVT and PE, especially among high-risk groups, and implement systems t... read more

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treatment
Posted by jane
Last Reply October 9, 2008 at 06:24
Started October 5, 2008 at 19:45
is there a cure to may-thurner syndrome? because i will really like to know if my legs
will be normal again.



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12 months later
Posted by Gary
Last Reply October 8, 2008 at 21:49
Started June 20, 2008 at 16:41
After suffering a broken leg 12 months ago,which due to the immobility led to a dvt to inner calf resulting in 6 weeks on warfarin, i have followed the docs instructions.To shorten a long story,after 12 months i can cycle,but still not carry out impact exercise,i.e.running,5 a side football etc as i find the next day i pay for it.I have been back to see can orthopaedic "expert" at my local nhs hospital yesterday and i had a very unsatisfactory conversation.Basically as i mentioned that i am involved in a legal action with my employers as they were to blame for my accident (they've admitted full liability)the doctors attitude to me totally changed as in i got the strong feeling that all of my ongoing painfull lower leg pain that i told him about,he gave me a vibe that he felt "i was on the make",laying it on thick to improve any claim.He refused me a further x-ray and said there was no need for such things as an mri scan as my problem will be scarring to soft tissue which will impro... read more

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excercise
Posted by broken
Last Reply October 7, 2008 at 22:12
Started May 1, 2006 at 23:18
Are you supposed to excercise with DVT. I broke my foot 7 weeks ago and got the clot from this. It has been 10 days and warfarin has thinned my blood too much. I limp but not sure if this is from the broken foot or the swelling in my ankle is caused from the DVT in my calf? Any experience like this??

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DVT + Swelling
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply October 7, 2008 at 13:38
Started October 1, 2008 at 02:52
Hey Everyone. I was diagnosed with DVT on July 1st of 08. After the innitial swelling went down I didn't really seem to be having any problems with my DVT. Then all of a sudden one weekend in the middle of August my leg started swelling like crazy, went into ER after talking with an after hours nurse at my clinic, they do another ultra sound, and send me home. The swelling still didn't stop so I went into the doctors office and they prescribed the stockings. 2 weeks go by and pretty much all quiet. Then probably for almost the whole month of september my leg has been quite swollen. It hasn't been that hot so it's not humidity, as some doctors have lamely diagnosed it.

I was just wondering if anyone was having any similar problems with this? I just think it's super odd that I had no swelling for pretty much the first two months and now I am having swelling like crazy. The Resident I saw said you cannot develop another blood clot while taking Cumiden (current dose of 12.5mg), whic... read more

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Angio-vac?
Posted by Marg
Last Reply October 7, 2008 at 12:19
Started October 7, 2008 at 01:50
I have read about this angio vac and other procedures that literally vacuum out clots from the leg and if done at the start totally prevent swelling and all the usual problems after a clot in leg. An olympian got this during the olympics and so it was publicized. It is apparently common in Europe and is not the same as the surgery done here. Does anyone know anything about it being used in US. It would not be appropriate for persons with clotting disorders perhaps as clots would continue to appear but for clots that were from a specific identified cause such as estrogen or an injury or surgery and with no clotting disorder present.

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Weird sensations?
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply October 7, 2008 at 01:15
Started October 6, 2008 at 19:56
Has anyone ever had anything like this?
-Randomly for the past few days I have been feeling a weird sensation in my left leg (DVT free leg). My knee seems like it's almost cold, it's such a weird feeling, like the blood is cold...and then intermittently my ankle, on the same leg, feels like it's hot, like the blood is hot. It's just weird and I feel all messed up with everything.

Just wondered if anyone had experience with this.


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ultrasound of legs
Posted by justme
Last Reply October 7, 2008
Started September 25, 2008 at 20:02
hi, several weeks ago i noticed my left shin bone felt like there was a bruise but there was no bruise. about a week later, it felt like there was an air bubble in my left calf when i would go to sleep. about this time some nights my legs would feel dead when i went to bed. 2 or 3 weeks after that the back of my left calf was tender and eventually developed a bruise. a day or 2 before the tenderness and bruise, i had been sitting at my desk for a really long time. after the bruise, both feet were numb and sore like the kind of feeling you get when you stick your hands in ice water and it starts to sting. around the time of all of this i had just started taking bcps so i stopped. a day or so later i got the feeling back in my feet. all of this was about 7 weeks ago. fast forward to last week. i saw my doctor and he wants me to get an ultrasound of my legs. it'll be about 2 months by the time i get it done and i am wondering if i should get it done considering it's been such a long ti... read more

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Sharon's back! Hurricane Ike didn't get me!
Posted by Sharon
Last Reply October 6, 2008 at 06:32
Started October 4, 2008 at 08:24
Hey Everyone! I don't see many familiar names, but wanted to let everyone know I have not died from hurricane Ike or DVT or PE since I haven't shown up here for a good while.

Ike did roll right over our house--we're between Galveston and Houston! However, we are in a high area and boarded up. We had gas to cook with and take hot showers and we also have a generator to keep our frig running and food cold. Even so, we felt the need to cook and eat everything since there was nothing else to do! lol We have a hole in our roof, lost fences and large tree limbs, butare otherwise okay. Electricity was off for quite awhile and so was internet service. Then I went out of town for a family reunion. Just wanted to catch up and say "Hey" to everyone!

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UK Information please
Posted by Sue Buzz
Last Reply October 5, 2008 at 14:31
Started October 4, 2008 at 19:21
Hi all

I'm confused. My husband had surgery for removal of prostate laproscopically three weeks ago. 2 weeks and two days post op his leg swelled, no pain just tightness in the knee, slight redness around the knee. Went to GP - diagnosed dvt, went to Hopsital d-dimer very high although recent surgery will elevate this anyway. Scan showed no clot. Tinzaparin given 7 days and repeat scan. Repeat scan carried out Wed this week still no clot. They wanted to carry on with Tinz but Pete was bleeding slightly in urine so they said no. No other bloods were done and he has to go back in two weeks for further scan. Has anyone else had this experience. Is it a dvt or not.... Leg looks fairly normal in morning but by evening is slightly swollen again. He is going for short walks as anything over approx 40mins causes quite discomfort. Should they have carried out further tests venogram, bloods etc. It's the not knowing that is the problem.

Thanks in advance.

Sue

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easy read info
Posted by INFO
Last Reply October 5, 2008 at 03:52
Started October 5, 2008 at 03:52
http://www.thrombosisawareness.org/pdf/103.pdf

First timers should read this...

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Interesting reading........
Posted by DC
Last Reply October 4, 2008
Started October 4, 2008
Cure for Deep Vein Thrombosis? First I've read on this....


http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=86767

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Travel post-DVT
Posted by Stan
Last Reply October 3, 2008 at 12:22
Started October 3, 2008 at 12:22
Hi there

I'm attempting to put together some information regarding DVT and air travel but I'm finding it increasingly difficult. A lot of sites talk about the prevention of first-time DVT as a result of flights and long journeys but I'm interested in the experience of air travel after people have been diagnosed and/or treated for a thrombosis. Do different airlines dispense different advice? Is there a standard clinical response given to patients intending to travel? Are any medications changed in the run-up to a long journey? I don't know an awful lot about the practicalities of treating DVT aside from Warfarin and associated medications so any help or a link to information about Travel Post-DVT would be gratefully accepted.

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Travel post-DVT
Posted by Stan
Last Reply October 3, 2008 at 12:21
Started October 3, 2008 at 12:21
Hi there

I'm attaempting to put together some information regarding DVT and air travel but I'm finding it increasingly difficult. A lot of sites talk about the prevention of first-time DVT as a result of flights and long journeys but I'm interested in the experience of air travel after people have been diagnosed and/or treated for a thrombosis. Do different airlines dispense different advice? Is there a standard clinical response given to patients intending to travel? Are any medications changed in the run-up to a long journey? I don't know an awful lot about the practicalities of treating DVT aside from Warfarin and associated medications so any help or a link to information about Travel Post-DVT would be gratefully accepted.

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Re-occuring DVT
Posted by Alan Davies
Last Reply October 2, 2008 at 20:00
Started July 18, 2008 at 18:35
I am a 40 year old male and on life long Warfarin now for the past 3 years and now have my 3rd DVT. The Consultant does not believe that a test to find the underlyning cause is not worth persuring as I am on life long Warfarin. I am interested to here your thoughts and if there is anything that would help to fix my blood. I also been diagnosed as having PTS. The last ultrasound scan reveiled that I have very poor venos flow, evidence of previous clots and fresh clots above and below my knew, left leg. Warfarin and stockings and not be it for the rest of my life. Thank you.

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