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Blood Clot in the Legs (cont.)

Deep Vein Thrombosis Follow-up

A person who has had a deep vein thrombosis may be asked to return for follow-up Doppler ultrasounds or other imaging studies if the leg swelling persists or if the symptoms recur. During anticoagulant treatment, it is often advised to take the following measures:

  • Take the prescribed amount of medication. Do not miss or add doses.
  • Follow the doctor's instructions closely about when to get lab tests for blood coagulation.
  • Ask the doctor before starting or stopping any medication, including over-the-counter medications. Many medicines increase or otherwise interfere with the effect of anticoagulants.
  • Ask what foods should be avoided, because some foods may change the effectiveness of blood-thinning drugs.
  • Wear a MedicAlert bracelet with information about any anticoagulants you are taking.
  • Inform any other medical professionals including dentists or podiatrists you are taking an anticoagulant before undergoing any procedure.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/18/2014

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