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Diagnosing & Treating DVT

Most cases of deep vein thrombosis can be treated effectively, especially if caught early. For diagnosing DVT, your doctor will perform blood and imaging tests to determine if you have a blood clot.

The three most commonly used tests include an ultrasound, a blood test called a D-timer test, and a contrast venography. If it is determined you have DVT, your doctor will likely start you on medication therapies explained in this video by Dr. Preeti Parikh.

For the treatment of DVT itself, your doctor will likely use medications as a first line treatment. These are called anticoagulants or blood thinners. They don't actually thin the blood, however. Rather, they reduce its ability to clot, which means that you may bleed a little longer than normal if you cut or scratch your skin.

As another treatment option, doctors may require you to wear special stockings or socks, which put pressure on the lower legs to help drive blood back to the heart. In rare cases, however, your doctor may perform surgery.

Dr Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr Preeti Parikh. Dr. Preeti Parikh is a Board-Certified Pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy and patient education.

Duration: 3:02.
Reviewed by: Dr Holly Atkinson, Dr Mera Goodman, . Review date: Jan. 12, 2017
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