Deep Vein Thrombosis

By Sara Lee Kessler

Dr. Robert Kayser, an interventional cardiologist at Centrastate Medical Center, says deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening.  “A chunk of a clot can break off and go up into the lungs and cause something called a pulmonary embolism…no blood flow through the lungs and you die.”  So, Dr. Kayser says he’s thrilled with new American Heart Association guidelines that call for a more aggressive approach to treating deep vein thrombosis.

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3 Responses to Deep Vein Thrombosis

  1. shawn says:

    does anyone know what the time frame is to have this procedure done after you have a dvt. I have had one in my left leg since sept of 2010 and it still goes from my ankle to my thigh and I have been on 3 types of thinners the last being prevodox. The Drs in Pa keep telling me it to much of a risk to do surgery.

    • Sara Lee Kessler says:

      Shawn: I don’t know the answer to that. But, it’s worth a call to Dr. Robert Kayser at CentraState Medical Center. He’s an expert in innovative approaches to treating DVT. Good luck!

    • Shawn: Unfortunately for your clot is to old to be successfully extracted using the method in this segment. The procedure I do is limited to fresh clots (up to 2-4weeks old). The older a clot gets the more solid it gets. Think of it as setting cement. When its fresh, the clot is easily sucked out using the small catheter I use. Over time, the clot hardens making it hard to get out effectively. At this point, your best option is to stay on the blood thinners your doctors have you on and wear support/compression stockings. Your situation highlights why its so important for those who have a DVT to seek help early.

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