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DVT and The Holidays

DVT_clot_illustrationDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is something we should all be aware of during airplane rides and long car trips over the holidays. Below are some quick questions and answers about DVT from Maryland Vein Professionals.

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, contact Maryland Vein Professionals today at 1-877-7-MD-VEIN (877-763-8346) to schedule a formal venous evaluation appointment with any of our Board-Certified Cardiovascular or Vascular surgeons.

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