Special precautions for individuals with deep vein thrombosis include monitoring the leg for signs of a second thrombosis, taking anticoagulant medicine exactly as prescribed and wearing an alert tag, according to UpToDate. Patients can also reduce risk of bleeding by adopting simple lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding contact sports.
Anticoagulant medicine greatly reduces risk of a second thrombosis, states UpToDate. People with deep vein thrombosis should seek immediate medical attention if leg swelling, redness or pain occur. New chest pain and difficulty breathing coupled with a rapid heart rate and feeling of fainting are symptoms of pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening condition requiring immediate emergency medical attention.