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Is there a cure for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

It is possible to cure  a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by following a treatment plan of anticoagulants (medications), regular exercise of calf muscles throughout the day, and elastic support stockings. None of these treatment components, however, is designed to break up an existing blood clot, but rather to prevent it from growing and breaking away and blocking the artery in the lungs. If managed well, blood clots may break up on their own. If your doctor thinks there is a good chance of pulmonary embolism, you may receive intravenous (IV) thrombolytics (medication), which break up the blood clots.

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