Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) have a higher risk of blood clots than the general public. A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in one of the body's main veins, usually in the leg or arm (DVT).
If a DVT is not treated, it may get larger or break off and travel to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism is a potentially fatal blood clot in the lungs.
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If you detect any of the DVT symptoms listed below, contact your healthcare professional right once.
Swelling in the legs or arms
Pain or soreness in your leg or arm that is not the result of an accident
Skin on your leg or arm that is warm, puffy, and painful
The skin on your leg or arm is red, swollen, and sore.
Your doctor can provide you with information on anticoagulants (also known as "blood thinners"). These medications' life-saving benefits typically outweigh the risks. Nonetheless, you should become acquainted with both before beginning to take them. Anticoagulants are medications that lower your risk of developing a blood clot in the future.
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Here's everything you need to know:
Your doctor will put you on anticoagulants for the rest of your life if you have a blood clot for the first time and don't have any risk factors.
If you get a blood clot for the first time as a result of a temporary event such as a hospitalization, surgery, or being unable to move due to a fracture, your provider will prescribe anticoagulants for 3–6 months.
Your doctor may prescribe anticoagulants for the remainder of your life if you have a history of blood clots due to conditions that may increase your risk.
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