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factor 5 blood clot disease
I have had numerous clots and no strokes yet a recent ultra sound showed my clot in the high part of my leg is now gathering in my pelvic area how dangerous is this and what can I exspect in the near future as treatment and I am on fragmin since october last year now I am on warffin 4 mgsand fragmin 15000 a shot in belly every day I want to go off the shots that is why I am on both!!!! Tammie 250
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Hi,
      Thanks for writing in. Factor V deficiency causes bleeding, but presence of factor V Leiden a variant of factor V causes blood clot formation. Usually this causes pulmonary thrombosis, clots in the leg vessels and  coronary thrombosis.
Treatment usually is for about 3-6 months with heparin or warfarin. But if the situation requires treatment should be continued indefinitely. Prevention of clots can be done with avoiding smoking, if obese reducing weight and living a healthy life with moderate amount of exercise.
I would recommend to get a check of the leg vessels with Doppler after 3 months to see the improvement with treatment and take further advise on whether to continue treatment or not.
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