Dr. Shaheen treats DVT with an aim to reduce the chances of growth of thrombosis and prevent its breakage. Blood thinners (anticoagulants) such as heparin and warfarin are given for at least 3 months to prevent the formation of new clots and growth of existing clots. If blood thinners don’t work, thrombolytic drugs may be given intravenously to break up clots. Some other supportive measures like elevating leg whenever possible, frequent walking, and wearing compression stockings may reduce the symptoms and give relief to the patient.
If all these do not work then a filter is put inside the vena cava to prevent pulmonary embolisms by stopping clots from entering the lungs.