Deep vein thromboses, blood clots that build up in a deep vein, particularly the deep saphenous...

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Deep vein thromboses, blood clots that build up in a deep vein, particularly the deep saphenous vein in the leg, are seen more frequently in Iong-distance truck drivers, passengers on airplanes who sit for the entire trip without getting up to walk and individuals who take long trips in cars without getting out to stretch. Explain why you think this happens and how it can be avoided.

Deep Vein Thromboses

While blood clotting is an important mechanism to prevent excessive blood loss, it can occur without injury, such as the case with deep vein thromboses. When blood coagulates spontaneously, the clots can break off the blood vessel wall and travel around the circulatory system as thromboemboli, which can get stuck in vessels and block blood flow.

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Long-distance truck drivers, passengers on flights, and long drives cause sustained periods of inactivity in which blood flow in the lower legs may...

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Thromboemboli: Definition, Causes & Treatments

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Thromboemboli is a blood clot that can be caused by injury to a blood vessel or when blood flow is restricted. Understand the definition and causes of thromboembolic and venous thromboembolism, and examine treatments for thromboemboli.


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