Family 411: The signs and prevention of blood clots

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It can happen while traveling long distances.

Moms-to-be also share what can be a deadly condition.

A blood clot that develops deep in a vein.

Tara Morgan, from WSYX, shows why you shouldn't ignore symptoms in this Family 411 report.

Sharing a walk with her baby boy Jackson, Mary Dillhoff enjoys her life.

Nearly four months earlier, life was dramatically different, and scary.

Mary developed Deep Vein Thromposis or DVT.

She was 35 weeks pregnant.

"I was so fit that I couldn't imagine it could happen to me. I ran nearly every day, I ran a marathon."

Mary ignored a tell-tale sign and she knew better, she's a surgeon.

"I had symptoms. I had shortness of breath that was pretty significant, but I ignored until my leg was blue and swollen."

Ultrasounds pinpointed the troubled vein for Vascular Surgeon Dr. Mounir Haurani.

"You can see the whole inside of that vein is completely filled with a clot."

DVT develops in major veins in the leg and pelvic areas.

There's usually swelling and tenderness.

Some may not realize they have a clot.

"It can mimic other injuries because it's just pain and swelling."

People more at risk are those who are pregnant, have cancer or had traumatic injuries.

You can also develop DVT while traveling.

"Anytime anyone is planning to a trip for more than two hours, whether it's driving or flying or the train, we recommend to get up and walk around every couple of hours."

Most clots are treated with blood thinners.

Some people, like Mary, benefit from surgery.

"How young they are, how active they are, how much working life they have ahead of them."

Part of Mary's clot broke off and went to her lung.

She was induced to have Jackson three weeks early, then had the surgery.

"I think I started running one week afterwards."

Life returned to what she knew and loved.

"I think the important thing is to not ignore [the signs]."

Doctors stress pregnant women avoid becoming anxious unless there's a family history or history of yourself having blood clots.

If you're traveling anytime soon, and there's no room to walk around on a long flight, raise your calf and thigh muscles while seated.

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