In short Differentiated thrombosis treatment and prevention: Anticoagulation, compression, exercise
- Dr. med. Jutta Schimmelpfennig, retired vascular specialist from Bamberg, runs the Thrombosis Working Group, which is part of the German Society of Phlebology and Lymphology (DGPL), and she is actively involved in the Thrombosis Action Group. In her interview with life, she shares experiences from her work life.
- Key causes of thrombosis include immobility from long periods of sitting, standing, or being bedridden, but also exercise, obesity, illnesses, such as cancer, or medication.
- Standard treatment consists of oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) as injections, accompanied by compression and therapeutic exercise.
- Typical symptoms of vein thrombosis include: the leg swelling, the skin becoming red, hot, and shiny. If the pain does not subside when the person is lying down, then there is an obstacle to the venous return. Symptoms often occur within a few hours after the vein has become obstructed.
- Risk prevention: if thrombosis is detected early, it is possible to prevent complications, such as post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) or pulmonary embolism.