Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep in the body. The hips and legs are the most likely sites for DVT. A deep vein thrombosis that detaches from its original location is potentially dangerous.If the blood clot formed by deep vein thrombosis detaches and travels to the lungs, it can become stuck in the lungs, causing a life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolism. A deep vein thrombosis is sometimes referred to as “economy class syndrome,” because sitting for long periods (such as during long plane rides or road trips) increases the risk of blood clots. Pregnancy, some forms of cancer, and inherited disorders also increase the risk of a deep vein thrombosis.
New Research and DVT Treatments
New treatments for deep vein thrombosis require extensive research and clinical trials. Different treatments may be needed depending on individual needs and the cause of the DVT. Anticoagulants, which thin the blood and prevent clotting, are some of the most common DVT treatments.
Clinical trials study new and promising treatment options. For instance, while the anticoagulants heparin and warfarin are most commonly used treatments for an established deep vein thrombosis, clinical research has discovered that heparin alone is an effective means of preventing thrombus formation in at-risk individuals such as cancer patients.
In the past, heparin was not commonly used because it required careful monitoring. However, clinical research has developed a purified low-molecular weight version of heparin that requires less intensive monitoring. Clinical trial participants are vital to the development of new treatments: without volunteers, the effectiveness of new treatments cannot be determined.
Why Participate in a Deep Vein Thrombosis Clinical Trial?
One of the most obvious motives for participating in a DVT clinical trial is access to new treatments. Of course, the chance always exists that you’ll be part of the control group, but either way, the advice you’ll receive from deep vein thrombosis experts can be invaluable. This site provides access to a number of trials. Registration does not oblige you to proceed, but it will enable you to find out about the options.