Deep Vein Thrombosis & The Holidays
- Posted on: Dec 13 2013
During the holidays, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is something we should all be aware of, especially during long airplane rides and perhaps even longer car trips. The Vein Clinic offers the following questions and answers about DVT.
What is DVT?
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs.
What does DVT do?
Deep Vein Thrombosis can cause leg pain, but often occurs without any symptoms.
What causes DVT?
DVT can develop if you’re sitting for a long time, such as when traveling by plane or car.
Does DVT have any symptoms?
In about half of all cases, DVT has no discernable symptoms and can cause a blood clot in your lungs, blocking blood flow.
How can I prevent DVT?
To prevent DVT, if you’re on a plane or in a car for more than four hours, either walk around or do leg stretches in your seat, say well-hydrated and avoid drinking alcohol.
If you have any questions about DVT, or about varicose veins or spider veins, call 803-253-8667 to make your appointment with Dr. Neal Reynolds for his January 15, 2014 screening date at our office at 1725 Devonshire Drive in Columbia. And Dr. Reynolds adds, “Don’t be so worried about DVT that it takes all the joy out of the holidays.”
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