NYU Langone doctors are experts in managing deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, and preventing recurrences after treatment. As soon as the blood clot dissolves or a doctor removes it and normal blood flow is restored, the immediate risk of a dangerous pulmonary embolism has passed. Most people can then resume regular activities.
Doctors and staff at NYU Langone’s Venous Thromboembolic Center (VTEC) work as a team to coordinate care for people with deep vein thrombosis. After your initial treatment, your doctor schedules routine follow-up visits starting at three months. He or she conducts imaging scans to monitor the health of your blood vessels. The scans can help identify signs of new blood clots forming in the legs before the clots put you at risk for complications.
To prevent a recurrence of blood clots, your doctor may recommend that you remain on blood-thinning medications for the long term, depending on your health history. He or she may also recommend the following.
NYU Langone doctors usually recommend that people who have had deep vein thrombosis wear graduated compression stockings during everyday activities, though not usually at night. They especially advise wearing compression stockings when you have to be immobile, such as on long trips. These prescription garments squeeze the calves and legs, encouraging healthy blood flow and preventing blood from pooling in the legs.
If you experience deep vein thrombosis because of the added risk factors from pregnancy, your NYU Langone vascular surgeon works closely with your obstetrician to determine the best treatment plan based on your health history. Our doctors can also make recommendations for preventing blood clots during future pregnancies.
NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation offers inpatient rehabilitation for people who are recovering in the hospital after a minimally invasive procedure for deep vein thrombosis. After you return home from the hospital, our specialists provide outpatient rehabilitation as needed.
Our specialists aim to help you return to your everyday activities and avoid new blood clots. Our therapists can develop exercise or physical therapy programs to help reduce the risk of future blood clots, increase your mobility, and reduce fatigue.
If you have obesity or are overweight, losing weight may also reduce your risk of recurrence of deep vein thrombosis. Our Weight Management Program can help you maintain a healthy weight. NYU Langone dietitians and nutritionists can make suggestions for improving eating habits.
Smoking damages blood vessels and increases your risk of developing further blood clots. Specialists in NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs provide tools and support to help you quit for good.
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