After A Not Always Smooth Recovery from a DVT and PE Serena Williams Gets The Gold
Following her comeback in Wimbledon Serena Williams once again showed that she is on top of her game when she defeated Russian contender Maria Sharapova for the gold medal in the women’s singles final at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
After a dramatic and unexpected loss at the French Open in May of 2012 Serena took her 5th Wimbledon singles title. Many suspected this may have been a fluke. Obviously now after her dream come true Olympic gold medal she has made it clear – Serena Williams is definitely back.
Looking back, following two foot operations tennis superstar Serena Williams, sister of Vanessa Williams, had suffered a deep vein thrombosis in March of 2011. This DVT eventually turned into an even bigger nightmare when she suddenly experienced dangerous blood clots in her lungs. Luckily she received timely treatments to help dissolve the blood clots thereby preventing more serious consequences. Her physicians also prescribed wearing compression stockings as part of her recovery therapy and as protection when she was flying. Read more about this here…
Being A High Performance Athlete Is No Insurance Against Deep Vein Thrombosis
Being a top tier athlete does not protect anybody against the dangers of deep vein thrombosis as the unfortunate experience of Serena Williams has shown. It was suspected that a combination of things in connection with her injury and subsequent operations as well as flying numerous times during training and treatments could have created the perfect conditions that led to her deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism. A significant risk factor for developing a DVT is the time spent sitting immobile during a long distance flight also commonly known as Economy Class Syndrome.
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