DVT “Deep Vein Thrombosis” “Ultrasound Image”

Plinky.com asked me to describe a time when I stood up for what I believed in.

Well, this happened most recently this summer and I wrote about it pretty much live time at http://vincet.net/2010/08/25/a-real-life-test-of-my-philosophical-centre/ – please head over there so I don't have to do a cut-and-paste.

But, just so it's not a complete cop-out on my part…

Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where blood aggregates in an extremity – usually the lower leg, though sometimes the arm can be affected. There is significant risk that a clot can dislodge from the DVT and travel to the lung, with a resulting pulmonary embolism.

DVT is exacerbated by sitting for long periods and, over the past few years, has gained notoriety as 'airplane leg', due to a increase in DVT in long-haul passengers. For a little while DVT on planes was the media's 'scare-story-of-the-week'. At that time, for those travelling long-haul, the advice was that stretching and getting up to walk around the cabin was a good thing.

The medical evidence for deep-vein thrombosis is pretty compelling and I make sure to get upright exercise whenever I'm travelling between the US and UK – so I guess you could say that the last time I went home to see my family I was regularly seen to stand up for what I believed in :o)

Seriously, I do suggest you read the blog posting I linked above!

And the completists among you can read about DVT at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_vein_thrombosis .

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