JAN 10, 2016 7:01 PM PST

New Guidelines For Treating Venous Thromboembolism

WRITTEN BY: Kara Marker
This year in the tenth edition of guidelines for venous thromboembolism (VTE) treatment, published in Chest, 53 updated recommendations were made for appropriate treatment of patients with VTE.
 

VTE is a condition where blood clots form in the veins and is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide (World Thrombosis Day). These clots usually form in a deep leg vein, they can also travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). Collectively, PE and VTE are called “DVT.”

Here are three key changes made in the tenth edition guidelines:

   1. VTE patients without cancer should receive non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants instead of        warfarin

Warfarin is an anticoagulant, also known as a “blood thinner,” that decreases the ability of blood to clot (MedlinePlus). Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants work in a similar way but are thought to induce less major bleeding than warfarin drugs (International Journal of Cardiology).

    2. No longer suggested to use compression stockings to prevent postthrombotic syndrome in cases           of acute DVT

Compression stockings are used to improve blood flow to the legs.

    3. New series of criteria outline when isolated subsegmental pulmonary embolism (SSPE) patients             should and when they should not receive anticoagulant therapy 

Source: Elsevier Health Sciences
About the Author
I am a scientific journalist and enthusiast, especially in the realm of biomedicine. I am passionate about conveying the truth in scientific phenomena and subsequently improving health and public awareness. Sometimes scientific research needs a translator to effectively communicate the scientific jargon present in significant findings. I plan to be that translating communicator, and I hope to decrease the spread of misrepresented scientific phenomena! Check out my science blog: ScienceKara.com.
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