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DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS – A Serious Health Threat

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the legs. “The clots can break loose and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs,” says Dr. Turkish, “leading to a potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism and long-lasting vein damage.”
Each year, between 350,000 and 600,000 people develop a blood clot in the legs or lungs. Symptoms include swelling and redness, warm or achy limbs, and pain that remains constant. If the blood clot is small, it may not cause these symptoms but can go directly to the lungs. Your doctor can identify your risk of DVT and treat it with medication.
Prevent DVT during flight by walking up and down the aisle hourly, pointing your feet and toes every 20 minutes, and drinking plenty of water. Those at risk of DVT may be advised by their physician to wear compression stockings during journeys longer than eight hours.
You May Be At Risk of DVT if You:
  • Have prolonged bed rest
  • Have an inherited condition that inhibits blood clotting
  • Have had recent surgery or injury
  • Have cancer, even during treatment
  • Are paralyzed from a spinal injury
  • Are currently using hormone therapy
  • Are pregnant or have recently given birth
  • Have varicose veins
  • Have a history of heart attack or stroke
  • Have inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Smoke or are obese

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