DVT is a blood condition where a blood clot forms in a vein (usually in the leg). It can become a severe problem if it breaks off and makes its way around the body. Eventually the clot can make its way to the lungs, where there’s a possibility it can block a blood vessel and be very serious – in some cases even fatal.
In this article we’re going to take a look at deep vein thrombosis, assessing what the science says about cause and prevention of the condition.
The condition is synonymous with long distance travel and periods of sedentary behaviour. Sitting, whether on a plane, train or office chair is known to be a major risk factor. Post-surgery is also a time when DVT risk increases dramatically because of reduced movement.
The good news is that Deep Vein Thrombosis risk factors can be largely reduced by promoting blood flow in the lower extremities. The official NHS advice recommends wearing tight compression socks  and promotes movement whenever possible. Whether you’re on a plane, in an office or simply watching TV, get up and move around frequently to reduce your overall risk factors.