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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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Air passengers 'at risk from lack of oxygen'
Posted by Sad
Last Reply July 7, 2008 at 12:52
Started July 7, 2008 at 12:52
Air passengers 'at risk from lack of oxygen'

More than half of airline passengers are so starved of oxygen at high altitude that their health could be harmed, according to a study.

The drop in oxygen levels in their blood is so severe that, were they in hospital, doctors would prescribe them extra supplies.

Experts say that poor air quality and ventilation is partly due to economies made by airlines to reduce fuel costs and extend the working life of aircraft.

In the study, a team of Belfast researchers measured oxygen saturation levels - the amount of oxygen carried in the blood.

Before take-off, levels averaged 97 per cent but these fell to 93 per cent at altitude.

For 54 per cent of travellers, the fall in oxygen levels was at least 6 per cent - a level at which many hospital doctors would prescribe extra oxygen.

The results were similar for both short-haul and long-haul fliers, according to the research published in Anaesthesia, the official j... read more

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Fear of flying 'could increase DVT risk'
Posted by Sad
Last Reply July 7, 2008 at 12:35
Started July 7, 2008 at 12:35
Fear of flying 'could increase DVT risk'

Stress caused by fear of flying could be a key factor in causing deep vein thrombosis, say experts.

The effect, which leading surgeons are calling for research into, could affect up to two-thirds of air passengers.

Anxiety is known to cause a surge of the hormone adrenaline, which makes blood more likely to clot and causes vessels to constrict.

This may provide a crucial ' kickstart' for the formation of a potentially fatal blood clot.

Sitting for long periods in a cramped aeroplane seat and dehydrating through a lack of moisture in the air and too much caffeine or alcohol may complete the process.

The clot becomes fatal if it breaks free of veins in the leg and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

Civil Aviation Authority safety requirements say there must be a minimum pitch of 26ins for safe evacuation in an emergency. The pitch is the distance from the seatback of one row to the back of t... read more

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DVT threat on short-haul flights
Posted by Sad
Last Reply July 7, 2008 at 12:30
Started July 7, 2008 at 12:30
DVT threat on short-haul flights

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Even on short flights, air passengers are still at risk from fatal deep vein thrombosis, a study has found.

Almost one in five of British DVT deaths happened after three hours or less on the plane, say researchers.

This contradicts the widely-held belief that blood clots are solely a problem on long-distance flights.


The survey was carried out by the Aviation Health Institute, a medical charity dedicated to researching DVT and safeguarding the well-being of passengers worldwide.

Its experts analysed the cases of 544 British passengers who suffered a blood clot following airline travel during the past three years. Eighty-five of them died, of whom 14 were on short flights.

Farrol Kahn, director of the AHI, said the survey proved conditions in the aircraft's cabin had more to do with the development of DVT than the length of time spent travelling.

"I... read more

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TV exec dies from DVT at 29
Posted by Sad
Last Reply July 7, 2008 at 12:25
Started July 7, 2008 at 12:25
TV exec dies from DVT at 29
by LIZ HULL, Daily Mail

DVT: Sarah Newman has helped save four lives

A young TV executive collapsed and died from deep vein thrombosis after flying home from a skiing accident in Canada.

Sara Newman, 29, was recuperating following surgery on a broken leg when she had a fit in her flat, an inquest heard yesterday.

She was taken to hospital but failed to regain consciousness and the following day her family agreed for her life-support machine to be turned off.

Her organs were donated and have helped save the lives of four other people.

Miss Newman's boyfriend, David Williams, said last night that he had taken comfort in the fact that her death had helped others.

The couple, who had been together for nine years, flew to Canada for a two-week skiing holiday in February.

Miss Newman, a competent skier, fell from a chairlift, badly fracturing her left leg just below the knee.

The pair flew back to England and she was given blood-thin... read more

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Char - a question for you!
Posted by Shana
Last Reply July 7, 2008 at 06:21
Started July 3, 2008 at 17:09
I saw in another forum this morning something you mentioned about breathlessness and taking Coumadin, I guess you had that - my doctor has always asked me that question, how is my breathing? and I've never understood why.

I've been taking Coumadin for eleven months now, and am wondering if this a new side effect I should look for? I know some of them come in stages. And what do they do for you anyway? Switch you to injections? And what causes it? internal bleeding? or a adverse a reaction?

How bad did it affect you?

thanks so much!

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High Blood Pressure after DVT
Posted by Shana
Last Reply July 7, 2008 at 03:11
Started June 29, 2008 at 20:16
Is anyone developing HBP after having their DVT?

My Bp is slowing getting higher every time (pre hypertension) I go to the doctor, to the point now she will put me on medication the next time if it doesn't come down.

I think it could be from so many other reasons, genetic, hormones, thyroid, adrenal glands. But I wonder if the DVT has cause it?

I had always been perfect and it started going up six months later and higher now 10 months into it.

I am losing more weight and reducing sodium to see if that helps also.

Any thoughts?

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Can You Help Me? I Dont Know What Is Wrong
Posted by Alex
Last Reply July 6, 2008 at 03:48
Started July 4, 2008 at 01:21
Hello, I came upon your forum while googling my symptoms and am hoping somebody can help me. I live in Canada where it is now next to impossible to actually see a doctor. The last time I saw a doctor he became hostile and abusive. Starting in February I began to experience intense itchiness in my legs and ankles. The itchiness became so intense that I was driven to scratch them deeply, until my legs were open rivers of running blood. That seemed to help some but the legs became discoloured and the sores from the scratches have never fully healed in 4 months. I tried applying vitamin E cream but it caused intense pain in the skin until I found Keri's shea butter which helps some. My legs felt tight and my ankles began to swell. I took an European herbal formula for vascular deficiency in the legs and the swelling is now gone. However, my legs are still itchy, and there are large purple blemishes on the legs as well as some sores (not as bad as before). I also experience itchiness and... read more

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time off
Posted by susie
Last Reply July 6, 2008
Started June 29, 2008 at 19:38
i had my dvt for 4 weeks now at the begining i struggled but kept at work i drive all over south east to see my clients but i find it exhausting and my leg kills at end of day , im thinking of seeing doc to take time off anybody else taken time off for dvt??? or am i being a wimp !!! should i just grin and bear it

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Posted by Char
Last Reply July 5, 2008 at 19:36
Started July 3, 2008 at 19:53
Has anyone seen this article or know about Martin Milner, ND? Not sure about that ND.


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magnesium for leg cramps
Posted by shaz uk
Last Reply July 4, 2008 at 23:52
Started June 17, 2008 at 19:52
hi, has anyone tried taking magnesium supplements to help with leg cramps. i use to suffer with the occasional leg cramp pre dvt but now the cramp in both legs often wakes me up and leaves me screaming in agony until it eases and i find that when i am walking around now or just standing for a while then small sections of my calves cramp. Anyone any suggestions? Someone suggested magnesium, does anyone know if this is helpful and how long before i notice a difference? any advice welcome. thanks

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Am i over paranoid abot calf & thigh pain ?
Posted by Samantha
Last Reply July 4, 2008 at 06:27
Started July 1, 2008 at 13:05
This is my first visit to this site. I shant bore you with the full details but i had an extensive dvt last oct- the day after my 30th Birthday !! when my baby was just 5 weeks old. The clot started at my knee and went upto my renal vein . Horrible time ! still trying to deal with it emotionally & physically. I have since been diagnosed with Factor V leiden. My right leg is always swollen and is uncomfortable at the least daily. I am so scared about developing another clot . I have been to a & e twice in the last few months due to reall bad swelling and pain in my leg - more than is usual. The first time the doctor was very unsympathetic and made me feel like i was wasting their resources and said that is hould expect pain and swelling. The second time ( a few days ago ) the doctor belived that i may well have another clot and i have been self administoring Clexane whilst i await a scan. Do you think i am over paranoid and should just accept that some days the pain and swelling... read more

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Foods to eat
Posted by Taurayi
Last Reply July 3, 2008 at 16:10
Started August 24, 2006 at 08:22
What foods must I eat more of??

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Is laser recomended in varicose veins post DVT
Posted by Rajesh Mundhada
Last Reply July 3, 2008 at 11:17
Started July 2, 2008 at 08:26
is endovenous laser or RF recomended in patient who have suffered from DVT in past?? My DVT is recanalised with oral anticoagulants. I have oedema now with varicosity and varicose ulcer. Please help. My email id is dearrajesh1@yahoo.com

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Carying Vitamin K / K2
Posted by Joe Reganato
Last Reply July 2, 2008 at 21:44
Started July 2, 2008 at 21:44
I am a cyclist and usually carry meds with me for just in case situations... I usually carry benadryl and some NSAIDS... It has been handy, especially with Bee stings... Ive been stung 2X where I was in a lot of pain and starting to swell up... The benadry and Aleve fixed that pronto....

So here is my question/ desire ... I would like to carry some Vitamin K2, which I have read is more potent that K... and is available in tablet form.... Should I spring a leak ( blood) I would be inclined to take a few tablets...

I was told by my doctor that if I had a bleeding problem, at the hospital I would be given a shot of vitamin K.... so in a pinch, in the middle of no-where (when I cycle) , next to midland... I would take some vitamin K2....

Your thought are appreciated!

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Bleeding from calf
Posted by Darla
Last Reply July 2, 2008
Started July 1, 2008 at 21:38
Last night I scared myself to death. My leg was itching around the outer calf area behind the knee, just where I was a cluster of veins. I nicked the skin (or a vein?) and I could not believe the blood. I put my finger over it and it stopped but when I took it away it spurted like a busted water main. It bled so much it looked like a murder took place in the bathtub. It was gushing so I just took a long sleeved shirt and tied it up. It stopped. This has never happened to me before. Can this be DVT

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Posted by Joe Reganato
Last Reply July 1, 2008 at 20:52
Started June 30, 2008 at 17:27
I am taking Natto and kinda believe in it... BUT I would like to see some proof... It has been observed that Natto can disolve clotts... Recently I had blood drawn for my INR... I am on coumadin... From the cotton swab that was put on my arm after blood donation, was a Perfect "button" of blood... So I cut it out of the cotton swab and put in in a cup with water... within 20 minutes it disolved....

1: How could I get a blood clot to test with...
2: will a blood clot disolve in water?
3: has any one else tried to disolve a clot with Natto...

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Tim Russert
Posted by Char
Last Reply July 1, 2008 at 20:34
Started June 14, 2008 at 11:47
Reported Tim died of a heart attack, but I wonder as Russert had returned to work just a day after coming home from a family trip to Italy. That was a long plane ride, probably 8 to 9 hours.

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DVT Psychology
Posted by So Cal -49
Last Reply July 1, 2008 at 06:08
Started June 11, 2008 at 19:24
I am a 49 year old male - My DVT caught me by surprise and is very minor compared to the stories I have read online and in this forum. I coach soccer and lead a very active lifestyle (coach 2 club soccer teams, high school and am a former triathlete) I had been sending my soccer team to a local speed & agility training center and late last year I decided that I was going to join the adult fitness classes and attempt to get back into peak shape. For the first time in years I was doing squats, lunges, walking lunges etc..and early in the 4th quarter I injured my knee during a session. The injury was the first of a chronic series of injuries to the knee over a six month period. I would injure the knee, take a few days off and then injure it again. Anyway, a fateful series of events began in March of this year. I had injured the knee again trying to jog a local lake and ended up hobbling home frustrated. From this point forward, I did everything wrong - the knee was very sore and I had ... read more

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Should I be worried...
Posted by Moira
Last Reply July 1, 2008 at 05:40
Started June 30, 2008 at 16:52
My partner was diagnosed with upper body DVT 3 weeks ago (in his shoulder). I need advice as in my opinion he's not taking this seriously enough - neither of us really knows much about the condition but from what I can glean it's pretty serious. Basically, he's now taking 10mg of Warfarin daily and is receiving daily blood tests to ascertain the INR (?) levels. He has received an appointment to visit a haematologist this week and as he's due to be away from the UK on business, he is going to postpone the appointment until he's back home in August. This has seriously worried me as I feel sure that if they've given him an appointment so quickly, they must think his condition is quite serious. Can you please let me know your thoughts? Is it safe to put the appointment off for a month? He's 43 years old, smokes around 30 cigarettes per day, and drinks 2 glasses of lager and 3 gin & tonics each day. I don't know much about the causes but have read it can be a sign of other complications ... read more

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Riding 100 miles After DVT!
Posted by Claudio
Last Reply June 30, 2008 at 23:31
Started June 2, 2008 at 19:52
Stay positive everyone!
I'm 46 and had my DVT last November. Left leg from calf to mid-thigh. Thought it was a pulled muscle in my calf from jogging on the treadmill one rainy day around Thanksgiving. It didn't get better and I saw my Orthopedist who said it was a muscle strain and would get better on its own... it didn't.

In mid-January I went back and the Ortho sent me for an ultrasound which revealed the DVT. Down to the ER and Lovenox for a week followed by Warfarin ever since then... 4 months so far. My ER lab work revealed no other risk factors for DVT.

It really looks like I pulled a muscle in my calf while jogging and a clot formed by my sitting at my computer in my home office in the days just following the injury. (This could happen to anyone!)

Since January my leg has improved, the swelling is 90% gone and I can now walk all I want and have returned to riding my road bike as before my DVT. In fact, over the last month I have actually increased my cycling milea... read more

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