• The Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) While Traveling

    Posted on February 8, 2016 by in Associated conditions

    Travel can be dangerous. There are accidents, thefts and vandalism to worry about. But, did you ever consider that your health could be at risk due to travel?

    Physicians warn that blood clots are a health issue when traveling for more than four hours by car, boat, plane or train. Sitting in one position for a long period of time can cause a serious medical problem called Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT.

    DVT is a clot that forms in your deep veins, normally in your legs which stay stationary during long periods of travel. These clots can break off and travel to your lung, causing a pulmonary embolism. This is almost always fatal if not caught immediately.

    Air travel tends to be a situation where you immobile for hours at a time. Thus, attention has been given to airplane travel and DVT’s, but you are at risk with any form of travel where you have limited motion. There are a few things that you can do to make traveling more comfortable and safe.

    • Know the signs of DVT
    • Flex and point your feet to stimulate your calf muscle, which will help pump blood back up to your heart. Rotate your ankles.
    • Try to get an aisle seat on an airplane so that you have room to move.
    • If the pilot deems it safe to unbuckle your seatbelt, stand every half hour. Possibly walk to the restroom a few times during the flight.
    • If traveling by car, make sure to stop every couple of hours to get out and stretch.
    • If you are in an enclosed space, lift your knees one at a time up to your chest to promote blood flow
    • Consult with your doctor before travel if you are at risk for blood clots or if you are on a blood thinner.
    • Wear loose fitting clothing. Do not wear anything that will constrict blood flow. Possibly wear compression leggings to help support your veins.

    Travel should be fun and an exciting part of your life. By taking precautions, you can reduce your risk of developing DVT and enjoy your travel. If you think that you might be at risk, go to www.EveinScreening.com for your FREE Online Vein screening and evaluation. Or give us a call 239-691-VEIN

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