This condition is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). I've had several friends suffer from this and it's pretty scary. Too many people are unaware of this serious threat. The most common factors that could lead to DVT include smoking, obesity, pregnancy, heart and lung disease, cancer, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Immobility is one of the leading causes of DVT, and usually occurs after a person has had major surgery or an accident (or even a long flight on a plane,) that renders him or her unable to move freely.
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