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Travel-Related Thrombosis

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HealthCare Resources works closely with Dr. Hector Escoto who is a vascular specialist/vascular surgeon. Because it is the time for so many to return to the area for the winter months which means long airline flights or car travel, we thought it would be a good time to ask him some questions regarding travel-related thrombosis.

HCR: What is Travel Related DVT?

Dr. Escoto: DVT is a clotting of the blood in any of the deep veins, usually in the calf.  If a clot develops, it usually makes its presence known by an intense pain in the affected calf. Medical attention should be sought immediately if this occurs, especially after a long journey.  In some cases, this can be fatal, if the clot breaks off and makes its way to the lungs where it can then affect the lung’s ability to take in oxygen.

HCR: What are the symptoms? How will I know it is a DVT?

Dr. Escoto: A DVT can occur some days or even weeks after a trip. In most situations, the person will have no symptoms and through normal movement, the clot will break up. If the clot is larger, it can cause an obstruction and prevent the blood from flowing through the veins. When this happens, a person might experience pain, redness and swelling in the calf – the pain is made worse when walking or standing.  If these symptoms are experienced you should see medical attention immediately.