Leg Vein Health

Updated 27 January 2016

DVT a danger during travel

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - blood clots in the leg - is a serious condition. People with DVT are given blood thinners to prevent a fatal pulmonary embolism.

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - blood clots in the leg - is a serious condition. People with DVT are given blood thinners to prevent a fatal pulmonary embolism. But many patients don't receive the follow-up care necessary to dissolve the clot.

Read: Leg pain signals deadly blood clots 

This can result in permanent damage to the leg's veins, a condition called post-thrombotic syndrome that can affect a person's ability to walk and stand. It can cause abnormal pooling of blood in the leg, chronic leg pain, leg fatigue, swelling and skin ulcers.

Read: Computer bofs run DVT risk

Post-thrombotic syndrome occurs in as many as 80 percent of all DVT patients. Using X-rays to guide them, interventional radiologists can dissolve blood clots using medications or by inserting tiny tools through a catheter directly to the clot.

This rapidly breaks up the clot and restores blood flow within the vein, reducing the risk of post-thrombotic syndrome. 

Read more: 

Exercise helps deep vein thrombosis complications 

Prevent blood clots when flying 

Keep those travel legs moving

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Dr. Riaz Motara is a specialist physician and cardiologist. He has an interest in preventative cardiology. He runs Veinsculpt, the first and only comprehensive vein clinic in South Africa, using endo-venous laser ablation as the treatment of choice.He also operates the only Women's Heart Clinic in South Africa.

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