What is deep vein thrombosis, and how can you reduce your risk?
Long periods sitting still, smoking, obesity, and pregnancy are all risk factors for DVT
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. The blood clots may partially or completely block blood flow through your vein. Most DVTs happen in your lower legs, but they can also occur in other parts of your body, including your thighs or pelvis. A commonly occurring medical condition, these clots can break free and travel to major organs, such as your lungs, which can be very dangerous. Life factors such as pregnancy and long flights can increase your risk of DVT, but there are steps you can take to minimize it.
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