Compliance is Mandatory to Improve Quality of Life after DVT

A thrombus (blood clot) forms when blood thickens and clumps together.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot (or thrombus)   forms when blood thickens and clumps together becoming a gelatinous, solid state. Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas of your body.

Acute DVT affects nearly a million patients in the US ever year. Up to 60% of these patients develop some form of post-thrombic syndrome (PTS). PTS refers to the chronic leg pain, swelling redness and yes, possibly ulcers (sores on the leg). PTS can make it difficult to get around and the pain and discomfort greatly affect the quality of life. If you can, it is best to prevent PTS (Post Thrombic Syndrome) whenever possible. The standard of care for DVT and prevention of PTS is therapeutic anticoagulation, wearing compression stockings and early ambulation.

One possible complication of DVT and PTS is a venous ulceration. Because of poor blood circulation in the legs, the blood in the legs backs up and pools in the vein. Fluid may leak out of the vein into the tissue and lead to breakdown of the tissue and result in a venous ulcer which is slow to heal and often returns if you do not follow your physician’s orders to prevent them.

After a DVT, if conservative therapy (therapeutic anticoagulation, wearing compression stockings and early ambulation) does not give adequate improvement, endovascular treatment will need to be considered. Removal of the obstruction in this manner is invasive and puts you more at risk. So you can see why it is so important for you to follow your physician’s directions of anticoagulation, proper usage of compression stockings and early ambulation to improve the quality of life.

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Vanda Lancour

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