Treatment and Important Facts


Important facts about treatment

The following are some important principles related to the treatment of blood clots. They apply to both Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE).


1. Treatment almost always involves blood thinners also known as anticoagulants. There are exceptional situations such as:

  • Your risk of bleeding
  • The size and location of your blood clot
  • The type of blood clot


2. Anticoagulants don’t dissolve the clot. Your own body dissolves the clot over time. Anticoagulants prevent the existing clot from getting larger and the formation of other blood clots in your body.


3. Anticoagulants come in different forms:

  • Pills that are taken by mouth
  • Injections that are administered with a small needle just underneath the skin of the abdomen
  • Intravenous medication administered while hospitalized through an IV


4. Not all people are on the same dose or type of anticoagulation:

  • Your doctor will tailor your therapy based on many different factors including, but not limited to: your age, other medical conditions, risks of bleeding, and your preference.


5. The duration of treatment is not the same for every patient:

  • Your doctor will determine the duration of therapy based on many factors including, but not limited to: the circumstances surrounding your clot, your other medical conditions, your risk of bleeding, your sex, and your preference.


Did you know?

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Did you know that certain oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) don’t require regular blood tests and can be taken instead of warfarin (Coumadin) in patients with:


-Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism

-Atrial Fibrillation in patients who never had a  heart valve replacement

Did you know that there is an information video playing in CETAC about warfarin (Coumadin) that can also be viewed on this website?

Did you know that our Anticoagulation and Thrombosis clinic is now called CETAC ? It stands for  “Centre of Excellence in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation.”

Did you know that CETAC is heavily involved in research to advance the care and lifestyle of our patients? You can look on this website to see what studies we are doing and if you are a potential participant.