Anticoagulants in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats deep vein thrombosis via anticoagulants for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) typically occurs in the pelvis, legs, thighs, and arms. These blood clots reduce and stop the flow of blood in the veins. The clots may also dislodge into your bloodstream, increasing the likelihood of a stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or even death. Your physician may recommend the use of anticoagulants to help control the complications that are associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
What Are Anticoagulants?
Anticoagulants are special medications that prevent abnormal blood clotting. These medications work by increasing the amount of time it takes your blood to clot. Your body’s blood clotting is an important part of wound healing that works through a process of clot development and breakdown. Some people, however, are more prone to develop clots, but their bodies do not break down clots as quickly or efficiently. Anticoagulants generally keep new clots from forming and prevent existing clots from growing larger.
How Do Anticoagulants Help with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
Patients who live with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are at risk for developing clots that block the veins and for having clots dislodge and travel through the bloodstream. Although anticoagulants cannot eliminate existing clots, these medications prevent the clots from expanding and also prevent new clots from forming. Controlling the size and number of clots may protect these patients from developing complications associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
What Are the Risks Associated with Anticoagulants for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
The greatest risk associated with anticoagulants for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is increased bleeding. The medications affect your body’s ability to clot, not only in your deep veins, but also on any wounds and cuts. If you notice any unusual bleeding while taking anticoagulants for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), call our office immediately. You will also need to have regular labs drawn to evaluate the clotting time of your blood. Some medications and foods can interfere with your anticoagulants. Speak with your physician about your other medications and follow dietary requirements very closely. Accidents and smoking also increase your likelihood of experiencing bleeding problems while on anticoagulants for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.