How Do You Get Rid of Blood Clots

How do you get rid of blood clots? Are there any home remedies for dealing with blood clots? If you suspect you have a blood clot or are at risk of developing a blood clot, you'll want to follow these instructions:

See Your Doctor
If you suspect you have a blood clot, you need to get a proper diagnosis. A blood clot can be very serious, especially if it moves from your arm or leg and lodges itself in your lungs, heart or brain.

Get a Prescription Anticoagulant
Your doctor may inject an anticoagulant-also known as a blood thinner-immediately to get the clot to break up as soon as possible. He may also prescribe a follow up anticoagulant to help the clot break down completely and to prevent other clots from forming. Follow the prescription instructions exactly; blood thinners can be tricky and can have serious consequences if used improperly.

Ask About All Your Options
Your doctor may opt to perform surgery to remove the blood clot or to implant a filter that will prevent the blood clot from passing through your vena cava to your lungs. Your doctor may also offer to strip your varicose veins if you are repeatedly developing clots.

Apply Heat
You'll want to apply a warm washcloth to the area to help encourage the clot to break up.

Elevate the Affected Area
You'll want to elevate your leg or arm where the clot is located.

Move Around
You'll want to get up and stretch or walk every hour if you work a sedentary job or usually spend hours sitting. This prevents future clots from forming.

Wear Prescription Support Hose
Your doctor will prescribe you stockings that will prevent blood from pooling in your legs. Wear these stockings each day. They can prevent a clot from forming.

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