If you’re diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, your doctor may recommend healthy lifestyle changes, compression socks or blood thinners to stop clots from forming or getting bigger.
If you can’t take blood-thinning medications, your doctor may insert a vena cava filter, a device that catches clots before they can reach your lungs.
In an emergency, your doctor may administer thrombolytic medications (clot busters) to dissolve the clot fast. In rare cases, you may need surgery to remove a clot. Your doctor will then discuss ways to help prevent future occurrences.