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DVT During the Holidays

November 12, 2013; Posted by: webleed staff

Deep vein thrombosis can cause pain and discomfort during the holidays. Good news – you can avoid it.

DVTs in general are no fun.  There is always cause for concern whenever blood clotting is a talking point – especially during the holidays.

Dr. Alan Lumsden, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, told NEWSWISE, “The last thing we think about when we are going to see loved ones for the holidays is DVT but it’s a very serious condition that can simply be avoided by getting up and moving around.”

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a person develops blood clots in the lower legs and thighs – a condition that can directly affect the blood stream and cause severe damage to a person’s organs.  Dr. Lumsden gives a few pointers about dealing with DVT during the holidays but mostly focuses on travel – ““If you plan to travel overseas or cross country, make sure you get up and walk around at least every two hours, and try not to sleep more than four hours at a time.”

When dealing with DVT during the holidays, the risk of something going wrong with your veins decreases when you have a plan in action in place. Don’t let DVT stop your holiday fun this year!

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