deep vein thrombosis
Patients with severe Covid-19 have “incredibly sticky blood”, increasing their risk of deep-vein thrombosis, say experts.
Why your risk of a deep vein thrombosis increases on long-haul flights - and how you can avoid a DVT when flying.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that develops within a major vein in the body. “DVT in the lower leg or thigh
'I went into cardiac arrest seven times and had a stroke.'
One in four deaths worldwide are from conditions caused by thrombosis, according to the International Society on Thrombosis
Many air passengers suffer minor symptoms, such as fluid collecting in the lower limbs causing swollen legs and ankles, but others experience more serious symptoms including a rapid heartbeat, palpitations, and breathlessness or coughing.
It is amazing how many people claim to have had "phlebitis". The term seems to be used by the general public and many doctors and nurses to mean any pain or inflammation in the lower legs. In fact, it is a term so commonly used that many people think they know what they mean by "phlebitis" when they clearly don't.
Medical stockings may be failing to prevent some deep vein thrombosis (DVT) deaths in hospital because they do not fit well
Studies have shown that in patients over the age of 40, the risk of an undiagnosed cancer being found in patients with a spontaneous (or "unprovoked") DVT is at least 10%. The cancers which are most likely to cause DVTs are breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer and pancreatic cancer.
Health scares can be good for the health if you can learn from them. I am addicted quite seriously to cigarettes, but I don't smoke anymore. There are times when I miss them (when I have a cup of coffee or I'm waiting for a train, blah blah, yawn etc.) but I know myself far too well. I can't go there. Post- DVT, us smokers put ourselves at the greater risk of a recurring blood clot. It's a non-runner.