Blood Clots (cont.)
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Blood Clot Surgery
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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 is not appropriate or when these have failed to resolve the blood clot.
Blood Clot Follow-up
Depending upon the underlying illness, medical care for a blood clot is likely to be ongoing, and repeat visits to a health-care professional will be necessary. This is especially true if medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) are prescribed, since blood tests will be required to monitor blood levels and 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 8/27/2015
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