Blood Clots (cont.)
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Blood Clot Surgery
Depending upon the underlying disease, surgery may be required to remove a blood clot. Often this occurs emergently in life- or limb-threatening situations in which anti-coagulation with heparin or the use of thrombolytic medications are not appropriate or when these have failed.
Blood Clot Follow-up
Depending upon the underlying illness, medical care for the blood clot is likely to be ongoing, and repeat visits to a health care practitioner will be necessary. This is especially true if medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) are prescribed, since blood tests will be required to adjust the dosing of the medication.
Blood Clot Prevention
Prevention is always the key in medicine. This is especially true when it comes to many of the diseases associated with blood clots.
REFERENCE: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Chest. 2012;141(2_suppl).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/3/2015
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