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How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Elderly Care in Sugar Hill GA

Deep vein thrombosis is a common, but potentially very dangerous health complication that is a particular risk for those over the age of 60, those who are overweight or obese, and those who experience long stretches of limited mobility. This condition occurs when a blood clot forms within one of the deep veins in the body. Though it can occur in the arms, these generally occur in the legs and become especially dangerous when they move and could get into the heart or lungs. Most of these clots are preventable and there are many steps that you can take as a family caregiver to reduce the chances that your senior will develop this condition, but if your senior has already developed such a condition it is important that they receive the treatment that is right for their needs. The aim of treatment for a deep vein thrombosis is to prevent the clot from getting bigger as well as preventing it from loosening within the vein and moving, which could result in a pulmonary embolism.

Your parent’s treatment will be designed around their particular needs as well as their other health conditions and challenges. Some of the treatments that they might undergo include:

• Blood thinners. These medications are used to reduce the body’s ability to clot blood. This will not actually break up any clots that have already formed, but they will help to prevent it from getting any bigger and reduce the risk that they will develop any other clots. It is extremely important that your parent remain compliant with these medications and take them when and how they are instructed to in order to make sure that they get the most benefit.

• Thrombolytics. Sometimes referred to as “clotbusters”, these medications are used when the condition is more severe. They are designed to break up existing clots that are at risk of moving and creating a life-threatening situation. Because they can cause very serious bleeding, they are only given in hospital settings.

• Filters. If for some reason your loved one is not able to use medications or the doctor believes they need further help, they may implant a filter. This is a device that is surgically implanted into a large vein that prevents clots from getting into the lungs.

If your elderly loved one has recently suffered deep vein thrombosis or is at increased risk of such a medical condition due to their other health complications and issues, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customizable schedule that is right not just for your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, but also the type of care that you give them and the instructions that their doctor has provided. This means that your loved one will get the support, care, and assistance that they need to handle these risks, heal and recover effectively, and work toward prevention of another serious incident in the future. Once your aging parent has received their prescriptions and guidelines from their doctor, this care provider can help your parent to understand these instructions and then give them the support and encouragement that they need to remain compliant and get the most benefit from their care.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care in Sugar Hill, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.