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Aspirin Prevents Recurrent Blood Clots

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A blood clot deep in the veins is called a thromboembolism. Nearly one million people experience this potentially life-threatening condition each year. A person who has had one deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is at substantial risk for another. A new study from Italy has shown that low-dose aspirin reduces the risk of a recurrence by about 40 percent.

Traditionally, the anticoagulant warfarin has been the standard treatment. It is effective but difficult to manage and can lead to dangerous bleeding episodes. In this study patients took warfarin for 18 months after the initial blood clot and then discontinued it when they were assigned to either aspirin or placebo. Aspirin was less likely to cause complications and may offer an inexpensive preventive strategy against recurrent DVTs.

[New Engl. J. Med., May 24, 2012]

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Dear Sir/Madam
I have had a DVT in my calf, after using blood thinners for several months there was a Doppler test (ultrasound) done, it was clear and no blood clot was found, several months later symptoms started again in my calf and another ultrasound was done and it showed a blood clot had started in the same area of the calf. I was again recommended to start blood thinners and was told since it was a recurrent blood clot that I would have to take blood thinners for the rest of my life. In your opinion is there any treatment for this scar tissue in the vein which keeps starting a blood clot? Is having vein laser surgery an option? To close the vein permanently? Please advise
Kind regards

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