411 on DVT

DVT_Vein_blog_June09.JPG For those of you unfamiliar with the risks associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), tune in to get some helpful facts. As travel season rapidly approaches, it means lots of flights and bathing suit weather. It's time to take care of your legs and veins. DVT generally has adverse affects on people over the age of 60, but there have been cases where younger people are facing the dangerous blood clots. According to the American Medical Associated over 600,000 people are plagued with DVT and even more alarming it is said that nearly 60,000 will die from a pulmonary embolism caused by DVT. The Examiner reported on DVT saying, "The symptoms might include leg pain or tenderness in one leg, swelling, increased warmth in one leg, or even changes in the skin color of one leg. Symptoms might not occur right away and might even take hours ??? or even days ??? before showing up." Some of the best ways to prevent DVT is to wear loose clothing, actively exercise and limit the amount of time you spend in immobile and confined spaces (ie. Airplanes). Likewise, it is a wise decision to also wear compression stockings while traveling and keeping mobile whilst on a long-haul flight by moving around the cabin.

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