Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Symptoms:

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, as many as 900,000 people in the United States may be affected by DVT. Some people do not realize that they have the condition since DVT symptoms may not be outwardly present. DVT symptoms can include: 
  • Pain in the leg
  • Swelling in the leg
  • Red or discolored skin in the affected leg
  • A feeling of warmth in the affected leg

DVT Risk Factors: 

Anyone can develop a deep vein thrombosis, but certain factors can increase the risk. DVT risk factors include: 

  • Being over the age of 60
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Heart failure
  • Cancer

DVT Treatment

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Blood Thinners 

Medications, such as blood thinners, may be prescribed as part of DVT treatment. Blood thinners are used to prevent clots from getting bigger and to decrease the risk of further DVTs. For larger DVTs, other medications can be used to break up the clot. If you are taking blood thinners to treat DVT, weekly PT/INR self-testing could reduce the risk of your blood clotting by providing reliable, real-time results from home.  Lincare's mdINR program allows you to check your PT/INR levels at home rather than going to your practitioner's office or a lab. You also receive immediate counseling and education.

How We Can Help

Patients who receive a manufactured valve will almost always require a blood-thinning medication for the rest of their lives. The blood thinner will keep clots from forming. Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve can be challenging, but you're not in it alone. Lincare’s affiliates are here for you and provide at Home PT/INR Testing. The INR Testing program may improve health-related quality of life while receiving the medical treatment you need.
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