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How Long B4 Blood Clots disappeared?
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How long did it take for your blood clots to disappear? Is there a time period?

Its been a good two weeks and my multiple P.E.'s are all still there:-( but i know thats a short time.

Hope you guys are taking care of your selves....

Charisse Nicole
Posted on 09/30/08, 05:51 am
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Reply #1 - 09/30/08  11:07am
" hey,

(someone correct me if i'm wrong!!) but i don't think that there is a specific amount of time it takes for blood clots to dissappear! From the posts i've read, it appears that some people's go quite quickly, whereas others still have theirs months later. I had my PE's in march, and 2 months later i had another CT scan and was told that the majority of the clots had gone, but part of the big one was still there...and have been told that it may always be there, kinda like a scar! So...nearly 2 months after my PE's, i still had some clots left...so i'm not at all surprised that you still have them after 2 weeks! it'll just take time, and you will get there soon enough! PE recovery is a long process, and after only 2 weeks, it seems that you are doing incredibly well! you take care xx "
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Reply #2 - 09/30/08  11:57am
" Two weeks after my diagnosis I had a looooong talk with a cardiologist who said the clots were likely still there. When he saw the look of sheer terror on my face, he was quick to assure me, "It's ok, it's ok, they're not going anwhere and they're dissolving right where they are." So, don't worry if they're still there. He was careful to explain that all of us - from time to time - develop clots for whatever reason, but it's extremely rare for them to be large enough to do any harm, and rarer still for them to break apart and cause a PE. For most people, the body breaks them down right where they are ... and that where the warfarin comes in for us PE sufferers. It just stops everything in it's tracks so that the body can do what it's supposed to do.

Two weeks after the cardiologist's talk, my hematologist said that based on my medical history (no genetic factors for clotting, no risk factors for PE other than bc pills) she was willing to make an educated guess that mine were probably all gone.

So who knows?! If they are gone, it would go a long way into explaining why I'm doing so well with activity levels and overall feeling pretty damn good (knock wood), but then wouldn't explain why the hematologist still wants me on warfarin for a year (other than being super-conservative, which I am thankful for).

On this board I've seen people estimate 2-3 months and also 6 months for clots to dissolve. But I have a colleague who is a lifer on coumadin (due to DVT, not a PE) because two years ago she developed a clot in her lower leg and they put her on warfarin for a year ... lo and behold a year later and it was still there, so she's a lifer to be on the safe side. This should go a long way in demonstrating how, even if you still have clots, being on the meds keeps you safe.

Take care! "
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Reply #3 - 09/30/08  12:16pm
" Like everyone else said, it does vary. When I was diagnosed end of June I had 2 large clots, and then when I was admitted again the 2nd time (2 months after) they could only see some lung infarction and scarring, and a very small clot that was causing me pain. They are not sure if it was a break off of one of the bigger clots, or a new one. But it looked like it took two months for my big ones.

And my lung doc told me that 6 months to a year was somewhat of a standard to be on warfarin but it does vary. Sooo, if you're trying to shoot for a goal of when the clots would be gone I would shoot for the time your docs want you to get off of warfarin. At least for me it's basically a deadline to get another CT scan and see if it's time to really get off warfarin or not. Hope this helps. =) "
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Reply #4 - 09/30/08  11:41pm
" As everyone has said the time varies. Mine were gone after 4 weeks, they did an ultrasound of the legs and a CT scan of the lungs and all gone :). I am still on warfarin though for 12 months as a precaution. "
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Reply #5 - 10/01/08  4:05am
" Hi all, My doc told me it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year for the clots to completely dissappear. Not to worry - the body dissolves them where they are - slowly over time. I remember the first few months - I tasted blood in my mouth daily - I believe it was the old clots breaking apart and healing. I don't taste blood anymore and I also feel the pressure feeling gone of where the clots were. I'm nearing 7 months post PE. hugs clairejean "
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Reply #6 - 10/01/08  10:41am
" Today is the first day I am off the Warfarin after 6 months of having found the PE and DVT. I had my left calf scanned and no sign of a clot there. I feel well, so I guess the PE is gone as well. It is amazing how no one really gets a correct diagnosis. I am taking a 81 mg. baby aspirin which I will take daily. I am much older than most of you. I gather a lot of the ladies have development PE from birth control pills. I am 66 years old and very very active. Run, yoga and gym several times a week. Are there any guys out there or do they not like to go on these web sites? I get a lot of support and advice from all the wonderful replies. Thanks to all. "
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Reply #7 - 10/01/08  6:37pm
" My clots never disappeared, they had to be surgically removed. "
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Reply #8 - 10/02/08  10:29am
" I dont think there is a timeframe on how long blood clots will take to disappear, the only way to really find out is if you have a ct scan done again. "
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Reply #9 - 10/02/08  8:42pm
" All i know is that two things can happen - the clot dissolves or it forms scar tissue and stays attached to the vein somehoiow and then is no further danger.

The time it takes for the clot to dissolve depends on the nature and size and location of the clot - Mine must have vanished quickly because the pulmonary specialist believed they were gone within a week even though I had many upper and lower in my lungs. I was on some major clot bustering drug mind you and lovenox and warfarin for the first week - which seems to be usual treatment. Not to worry - once you are on the right dose of warfarin/coumadin apparently there is almost little chance of any more forming. "Touch wood" "
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Reply #10 - 10/04/08  6:24pm
" im a little more than three months after my PE and my clots are still there, but a lot smaller "

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