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One new option for people who have been diagnosed with a blood clot is Thrombolysis which uses medicines and devices to remove the blood clot. While not risk free, and not offered universally, the following doctors and institutions do offer this. If you think you may be interested, it is important to act quickly. Blood clots harden within the first several weeks, making it much more difficult to remove the clot. This procedure has risks and you should discuss with your doctors the tradeoffs for your particular situation.
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Three cups of tea a day 'can cut heart attack
Posted by N
Last Reply May 22, 2009 at 02:26
Started May 22, 2009 at 02:26
Three cups of tea a day 'can cut heart attack risk by 70%'

Dr Ruxton said the research showed at least three cups of tea a day can lower the risk of a heart attack by up to 70 per cent.

She said: 'We are not sure of the exact mechanism, but it is thought that tea flavonoids could be involved in controlling inflammation, reducing thrombosis, promoting blood vessel function and helping to limit furring up of the arteries.'

The studies found tea may be 'a useful addition to an anti-cancer diet', she added, but further research was needed.

Dr Ruxton said: 'Tea may be a national favourite but it also has health benefits thanks to its high flavonoid content.


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side effect diagnosis
Posted by michael -brisbane
Last Reply May 21, 2009 at 11:35
Started May 21, 2009 at 02:29
I have been on warfarin since january, following a DVT and PE from a long flight. I suffer tiredness/fatigue, which sometimes comes on quickly. Depending upon the severity of the event I lose colour, get chest tightness/pain/shortness of breath and get strong temporal headaches. It can take a day or so to recover my strength. I also get cold/numb/tingling toes. I am also a bit emotional. My doctors say that this is all due to anxiety and have prescibed anti-depressants (avanza). Your posts make me wonder whether it is the warfarin. What do you think?

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will lg go back to looking normal
Posted by suzanne
Last Reply May 19, 2009 at 09:26
Started May 17, 2009 at 19:49
jus wondering if your leg goes back to looking normal after dvt,im 27,was diagnosed with large dvt at the top of my leg in nov,im going to be wearing support stocking for 2 years.When i take stocking off at night when im on my feet leg and foot goes blotchy and red and very veiny.When i stop wearing stocking after 2 years should this have corrected?or will my leg not look normal again?

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Keeping stylish in summer HELP
Posted by Lori
Last Reply May 18, 2009 at 04:33
Started May 15, 2009 at 23:18
For the women out there, I am looking for ideas on how to wear my
thigh high compression stockings and still keep stylish in the hot
Sacramento weather. I have been looking at Maxi dresses and summer
pants but these are always shown with sandals. Have any of you tried
the open toe stockings? Do they look OK with sandals? Any shoe
suggestions that would look summery yet work with the compression

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Varicose Veins
Posted by Jbird117
Last Reply May 17, 2009 at 12:04
Started May 17, 2009 at 12:04
I am 41 years old. A few years ago I was treated for a DVT in my left arm caused from an I.V. and/or Phenergan. I had 3 rounds of Lovenox and then several months of Warfarin. I still have varicose veins in my bicep area. Will these go away eventually or are these permanent?

Thank you for your time :)

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Pranic Healing?
Posted by Mora
Last Reply May 16, 2009 at 18:00
Started May 16, 2009 at 10:53
Hi everyone,

I have been suffering from post-thrombotic syndrom for a few years now, I was kind of desperate, until a friend of mine recommended that I tried Pranic Healing. I had never heard of it before and to be honest I refused to try it, because it sounded like quackery to me. There was no way in my mind to convince me that something as 'ridicoulous' as that could somehow help my leg ucler. Imagine my shock and surprise when my leg got so much better! The pain was gone, my leg felt and looked better. I really can't find an explanation for it. Is it all just in my mind, I don'tknow! What I know is that it has helped me a great deal. You can try it yourself, even with your own hands. If you do please let me know how it went.


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Taking Prilosec and Coumadin
Posted by Lori
Last Reply May 16, 2009 at 17:47
Started May 15, 2009 at 23:01
Hi group,

I just wanted to share something I learned from my gastroenterolgist
that was news to me. I take a daily over the counter Prilosec to
control indigestion. He told me that Prilosec when taken with
Coumadin (warfarin) will increase how thin your blood gets. I never
knew this and used to take Prilosec every now and then. He said I
should take it daily or not at all to keep my INR regulated. There
is an option that works as well on the acid problem but does not
interfere with Coumadin called Protonics which I was given while I
was hopsitalized. So, if you are an occasional Prilosec user,
consider taking Protonics (or the generic) instead.

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cant extend leg???
Posted by Renee
Last Reply May 14, 2009 at 23:08
Started May 14, 2009 at 16:01
I was told that I had dvt in my left leg about 4 weeks ago. I
was Pregnant with twins and gave birth to them two days later.
they are doing great!!! Anyways after I delivered I had a c-scan
done and found out a blood clot moved to my lungs so I had
the filter put in. I am now on warfarin. Ive been back to the
doctor and the emergency room a few times complaining about
the pain. they gave me percocet, enough to last about 3 days
and told me to keep my leg up. For a couple days now I havent
been able to extend my leg and as soon as I get up and blood
flows to my calf it starts hurting bad. Does anyone know whats
causeing these two things to happen? could it be the way that
im elevating my leg? ty

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Positive d-dimer
Posted by DebG
Last Reply May 12, 2009 at 10:34
Started May 11, 2009
I've just found this site and have been reading all the posts, trying to find out as much info as I can. Brief med history - I have DCM - dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, which is controlled with meds. I've been having increasing chest pain, which my cardio constantly insists is not heart related. A few nights ago, I was awakened at 2:45 a.m., with severe pain in my left chest area. I ended up at the e.r. They did a series of tests, one of which was the d-dimer blood test.

I was told that my d-dimer came back elevated, but the doctor said "Oh, this may be normal for you." Up to this point, I had never had a doctor mention d-dimer to me. They did a CT scan and ruled out a PE. They sent me home with no further instructions.

I've had pain in my calf for several months, but thought I had pulled a muscle. The pain comes and goes. The pain in my chest had been doing the same thing, but seems to be fairly constant the past several weeks. I've also... read more

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Travel Insurance for DVT
Posted by Andy fearn
Last Reply May 11, 2009 at 13:31
Started April 19, 2009 at 17:39
I have spent hours the last week looking for a good travel insurance policy to cover my next holiday. I ended up buying one from www.world-first.co.uk and was really impressed with the cover and service. I'd never heard of them before but have now bought a annual policy so guess i'll be using them for many more years now. They also covered my wife who has a heart condition and high blood pressure.

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where can i get travel insurance
Posted by jill dennis
Last Reply May 11, 2009 at 13:30
Started April 7, 2009 at 15:14
how can iget to find out how to apply for travel insurance,and where can iget my inr tested in corfu and the results back to me,as just 4 weeks into treament and holidy already booked for the first week in may,and very confused.

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DVT due to Protein S deficiency.
Posted by Manish Malpani
Last Reply May 10, 2009 at 11:00
Started May 10, 2009 at 07:02
Acute DVT was detected in my right leg in March 2005.Investigations confirmed protein S Deficiency.I was on warfarine for around 18 months & then my doctor stopped medication.Now again in this month i have an second episode of DVT.Investigations confirmed protein S deficiency along with high level of homocysteine(65).I am still hospitalised.Will someone please suggest me the right doctor i mean to say should i refer to a haematologist or will contine with the warfarine treatment.What precautions will i have to take now?Should i have to take anticoagulant life long or there is some alternate medication?Please help me i will be greateful to all of you.

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Stocking trouble
Posted by slkchina
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 10:55
Started May 8, 2009 at 14:27
My compression stocking tends to bunch behind my knee and irritates the skin there. Does anyone have any suggestions as to keep the irritation from happening or helping to make it go away?

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Coping with compression knee highs
Posted by Rosie
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 05:13
Started May 4, 2009 at 16:11
Had my 2nd DVT in March and have been advised to wear knee highs for 2 years. They were fine until the weather started getting warmer - I find them unbearable in the heat and am really worried about how I will cope if we have a really hot summer. They are very unattractive and need to be kept covered by trousers. Does anyone know what the consequences of leaving them off for a few hours would be?

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how can i relieve dvt pain?
Posted by andyg
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 02:35
Started May 7, 2009 at 17:02
i developed dvt one week ago following surgery to one of my ankles. The pain started one week post surgery. Daily injections of Clexane intended to prevent a DVT did not work, so i am pretty disappointed. i am in extreme pain, only able to sleep one or two hours at night. Pain relief tablets (Tramadol) do not seem to do much good.

What else works to relieve pain? it is driving me insane. will compression leggings help? will hot packs/cold packs> am ready to try anything.

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back at work
Posted by suzanne uk
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 02:30
Started December 4, 2008 at 10:34
i have a large dvt in top of my leg,started with it nearly 5 weeks ago,im a nursery nurse so im on my feet all day,ive been told i could be off work for months,as anyone else been in same position?

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Pilates for recovery
Posted by Nic
Last Reply May 8, 2009 at 19:18
Started May 8, 2009 at 19:18
Would be grateful for some adcvice re pilates. Want speedy recovery.

Anyone any experience re pilates and DVT/post DVT? had extensive femoral dvt at 29 weeks pregnancy. Previsouly very fit. Now nerve damage,tightness in upper thigh, occasional loss of sensation in left foot and thigh, etc.

Now back at pilates and finding leg exercises very difficult and quite painful. Is it because specific muscles are targeted - those around the damage? AND - MOST IMPORTANTLY - will this get better, and soon?

Finding running ok on small incline (not sprinting, though). Spinning/cycling still bit uncomfortable. Hips and knees sore after - maybe because of compensation for left leg?

Wearing high stockings - others don't work.

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My Story of DVT/PE
Posted by Dave Bock
Last Reply May 8, 2009 at 13:35
Started May 8, 2009 at 13:35
My Story of Having a DVT/Pulmonary Embolism
Dave Bock
February, 2009

On March 8, 2008, while visiting from Arizona, I was seriously injured when I slipped and fell in Upland, California. I was rushed to the emergency room of the hospital where I was examined. The emergency room doctor diagnosed me as having sustained lower leg fractures to my tibia and fibula (left ankle bimalleolar fracture). I was in a great deal of pain and the fractures needed to be repaired by open reduction internal fixation surgery. However, the doctor just gave me a prescription for a pain killer, put a cast on my left leg and told me to follow up with my primary care physician upon returning to my home in Arizona.

The next day, my wife and I drove back to Arizona, which was an excruciating, painful and uncomfortable trip. The following day, I went to my primary care doctor who immediately referred me to see an orthopedic specialist. The orthopedic doctor examined me and stated that surgery could ... read more

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Ilio-femoral dvt
Posted by Louise
Last Reply May 7, 2009 at 07:00
Started March 24, 2009 at 16:58
I was diagnosed with an ilio-femoral dvt in October 2008. I have a large clot in both my common and external iliac veins which extends down the femoral vein in my left leg. I was re-scanned last week and the clot is still there!!!! I was wondering if anyone else has a clot in this area (pelvis and thigh) and whether theirs ever 'dissolved'? Doctors says that over time a clot will harden (sets like concrete in your vein) - does this mean it will be there forever?
I also have problems with my thigh muscle which still fatigues very quickly - e.g. if I go too quickly up the stairs the lactic build up makes the muscle burn within about 25 steps? Is this ever going to get better? I go to the gym and exercise everyday, but my progress is excruciatingly slow. I am a young woman who hates this DVT thing!!!

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Gene Test for Dosage of Warfarin Is Rebuffed
Posted by Char
Last Reply May 6, 2009 at 18:07
Started May 5, 2009 at 22:38
In a setback for the fledgling field of personalized medicine, Medicare has decided not to pay for genetic tests intended to help doctors determine the best dose of the blood thinner warfarin for a particular patient.
All of article:

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