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Kevin

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2006
  • 04:37 PM

My wife has been diagnosed with DVT (deep Vein Thrombosis) and nowhere is there any information on how long it takes the body to disolve and assimilate that clot. Is the threat of the clot migrating to the lungs and/or heart a life long worry or does it stop being a threat after a few weeks or so? Please help. write at kmk3210@sbcglobal.net

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  • My father has clots in his legs. His doctor has told him that clots in the legs do not travel upward so there should not be a worry about it going into the lung/heart. I can understand your concern because even after hearing this, it still worries me. But you should ask your wife's doctor to confirm this to ease your mind a little.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2006
    • 10:01 PM
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  • My father has clots in his legs. His doctor has told him that clots in the legs do not travel upward so there should not be a worry about it going into the lung/heart. I can understand your concern because even after hearing this, it still worries me. But you should ask your wife's doctor to confirm this to ease your mind a little. This is ignorant. PE and stroke are often caused by clots moving from a DVT in the legs to the lungs or heart. I know...I have had DVT twice and they won't let you move for about a week or until fully anticoagulated. Ask the doctor why they install Greenfield filters in the abdomen if there is no risk from clots in the legs. Clots moving from the leg to the heart brain or lung is the promary risk of DVT. So the real answer is....you are at risk of clots moving until you are anticoagulated on heparin or warfarin. After a few weeks however...the body will dissolve or fibrose the clots to become permanent parts of the vein walls like a scar of sorts. This is why thrombolysis surgery is not used unless the clot is less than around a week old.
    winsall 15 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 11:14 PM
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