A jet-setting, globe-trotting celebrity lifestyle might seem glamorous, but all that time spent sitting in planes, trains, and automobiles can increase the risk for one serious health condition — deep vein thrombosis. DVT occurs when blood pools somewhere deep inside the body. Often this is in the legs, and often due to inactivity or after surgery, causing a blood clot to form. If that clot breaks away and flows through the bloodstream to the lungs, it leads to a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism. DVT affects one to two of every 1,000 people, celebrities Regis Philbin, Serena Williams, and Jimmy Stewart (pictured) among them.
Tennis Champion Serena Williams
Tennis ace Serena Williams is often unstoppable on the court, but a deep vein thrombosis in 2011 nearly took her down, reported ABC News. Williams, 32, had undergone two surgeries on her foot after cutting it on a piece of glass. After a cross-country flight from New York to Los Angeles, she was having her foot checked out by a doctor when she was rushed to the hospital to treat complications stemming from a previous pulmonary embolism. Between the two surgery recovery periods and the long flight, even this super-fit athlete was at risk for a DVT. Because she was seen and treated in time she has fully recovered, and finished the 2013 tennis season ranked at number one in the world.