Vice President Dick Cheney, 66, is being treated at a Washington, DC, hospital after developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in his left leg, after 65 hours of plane travel. Such clots are rare but are sometimes caused by extended air travel.
UCSF thrombosis specialist Patrick Fogarty, MD, tells KTVU Health and Science Editor John Fowler that because of the prompt care Cheney received for the clot, the vice president likely faces little risk but will need to take a blood thinner for several months.
John Fowler Reports on Dangers of Blood Clots and How You Can Protect Yourself
KTVU-TV (FOX), March 5, 2007