If you have had DVT, then you will need to prevent further clots from developing by:
- Taking your medications to prevent or treat blood clots as prescribed by your doctor.
- Keeping your follow-up appointments with your doctor and, if taking warfarin, with the laboratory so that your response to medications and other treatments can be evaluated.
If you have never had a deep vein clot, but have an increased risk for developing one, be sure to:
- Exercise your lower leg muscles if you will be sitting still for long periods of time. Stand up and walk at least every half hour if you are on a long flight. Or get out of the car every hour if you are on a long road trip.
- Get out of bed and move around as soon as you are able after surgery or being ill. The sooner you move around, the less chance you have to develop a clot.
- Take medications or use intermittent compression garments to prevent clots after some types of surgery, as directed by your doctor.
- Follow-up with your doctor as recommended to evaluate your risk and follow your doctor's recommendations for reducing your risk.