Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that can develop when blood flow slows or stops to a specific area of the body. DVT can occur for many reasons, one of which is prolonged inactivity. If the blood clot remains in the lower leg it can pool and can result in pain, swelling, discoloration and sores. If the blood clot travels from the leg up to the lung it may cause a pulmonary embolism (PE). Depending on the size of the blocked blood vessel in the lung, it can result in fatality within a few hours.
Causes and Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis:Deep vein thrombosis and prolonged immobility often occurs when traveling long distances on airplanes (8 hours or more) or after orthopaedic surgery (hip replacements, knee surgery). Typically those who experience DVT have stagnant blood flow, blood coagulation, or vein disease (varicose veins). Other factors which increase the risk of DVT include smoking, obesity, pregnancy, or estrogen intake through birth control pills or hormones therapy.
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism may be difficult to detect. Some symptoms include:
Warmth and redness of the leg
Discomfort in leg, calf or foot
Noticeable pain when standing or walking
To prevent DVT it is important to keep the blood following; some techniques include taking aspirin, mild leg movements, such as leg lifts, and wearing compression elastic stockings.
Deep Vein Thrombosis in the NewsEight people file a lawsuit against British Airways and other airlines for deaths and injuries caused from Deep Vein Thrombosis allegedly caused from cramped airline seating. (Oct-19-05) [
Research indicates that approximately 20 percent of passengers on long flights can develop a mild case of DVT and 1 in 100 may die. (Oct-6-05) [MARCO ISLAND SUN TIMES]
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