Holiday travel health risk: What is deep vein thrombosis?

December 3, 2014 12:00 PM

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During the holidays, many Americans travel long distances to be with family and friends, and this can mean prolonged sitting in cars and buses, trains or planes. This type of extensive travel can put you at risk for developing a particular type of blood clot known as a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms within deep-circulation blood vessels, typically in leg veins. These veins drain blood back to the heart so it can be oxygenated in the lungs. Blood clots often form when blood is allowed to pool at extreme levels for long periods of ti...

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