Blood Clot in Femeral (SP) Vein in thigh?

jairicJuly 19, 2006

I went to the ER about a month ago with pains i'd been having inmy leg for a few weeks, we found had a large blood clot in my upper thigh, i believe it's called the femoral vein??? I've been told that if my pulse raises it could causes the clot to break loose and move to my lungs and kill me. If anyone has ANY information on this at all please share it with me. I just want to know what the long term affects will be.

I'am Currently on blood thinners.


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I would get to a doctor ASAP - any clot in legs can break loose and head for your heart with dire and sudden results!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2006 at 3:13PM
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It's called a pulmonary thrombo-embolism (PTE). That's what killed my beloved Rottie last year. You don't have to worry about long-term effects because there is no long term. You absolutely must see your doctor about changing the dose or type of blood thinners or adding another medication if you are clotting despite your current therapy. This is not something to play around with. You don't have to wait for an increase in blood pressure- my dog's BP was low. A PTE can happen any time for no real good reason.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 5:41PM
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Did you have a hospital stay and were you on intravenous blood thinner (heparin) there? Did your doc have you fitted for a circulation sock for the leg? How often are you seeing your doc now? Have you had ultrasound on the leg? A venograph? How much has the clot shrunk? Has an underlying cause been diagnosed? Seen a hematologist and been tested for underlying hereditary or secondary problems in your ability to form blood clots normally?

Deep Vein Thrombosis is serious. And there are long-term effects. I've had 2 in the past 25 years and am now on lifelong coumadin therapy. Just having a DVT can cause you to be susceptible for more DVTs in the future. Doctors are NOT knowledgeable about this.

There is a good Yahoo group for DVT sufferers. I forget the exact name of the group - but you need to be discussing this with fellow sufferers.

If you had a large clot and you have been released from the hospital, then most likely you are out of immediate danger. The remains of the clot should by now be adhered to your vein walls and will not break off easily. You may have vein damage due to the large clot. Ask to be referred to a hematologist as well as a vascular specialist.

As for the blood thinners - ask to be referred to an "anticoagulation clinic" to oversee your coumadin regimen. Doctor's offices are NOT equipped to oversee this effectively.

If you are out of danger of embolism, then start getting exercise as soon as you are able, to help strengthen your veins and get your circulation back to normal. Walking is the best thing for you when you are able.

Feel free to email me with any questions and good luck to you!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 1:04AM
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