There may have been times this spring when it didn’t feel like this was possible, but summer will soon be upon us.
(Of course, children in school know this since they’ve been counting down the days since basically last September.)
The summer season means a lot of different things. For many families out there, this is the time for traveling and vacations. If you and yours are going to either fly or (more likely) drive to your travel destination, we want you to be aware of a potential issue – and know how to take measures to prevent it from happening.
In this case, we are talking about deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Now, that’s the technical name for this particular problem, but you might be more inclined to think about it as a blood clot that forms internally.
Blood clotting is quite normal (and necessary) to stop bleeding.
When clotting happens internally, though, it is a very serious condition. In fact, DVT can potentially be life-threatening.
It’s pretty scary to know that this can happen, but let’s take a look at how the problem develops and what can be done to prevent it.
Put simply, DVT develops when your blood pools during inactivity and thickens into a clot.
This condition is more likely to happen in the lower extremities, but you should be aware that it can also happen in your upper extremities (and other areas as well).
The problem really begins to emerge when a blood clot begins to travel within your circulatory system, and particularly if it makes its way to the lungs. This can cause something known as a pulmonary embolism.
In a pulmonary embolism, the blood clot blocks blood flow. When this happens, pretty much the best-case scenario is serious lung damage. At the other end of the spectrum, it could also lead to death – which highlights the importance of taking preventative measures.
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