Travel tips to Prevent DVTs
The travel season has begun, time to pack your bags and head off to your favorite destination. But while you're riding in the car or travelling by plane, remember to stretch those legs to help prevent a serious condition known
as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition in which a blood clot (a
blockage) forms in vein located deep within the leg. These clots most commonly occur in the veins of the leg, but can also develop in other parts of the body. If the clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream, it can lodge in the lung. This blockage in the lung, called a pulmonary embolism, can make it difficult to breathe and may even cause death. Some people are more at risk than others for developing DVT. Risk factors include varicose veins, blood clotting disorders, pregnancy or recent childbirth, obesity, tobacco use, and heart disease. People over 40 years old, those who have had recent surgery, or those who are immobile through inactivity or wearing a cast are also more at risk for DVT.
People with DVT in the leg may have either
no warning signs or their symptoms
can be very vague. If any of the following
warning signs or symptoms are present,
it is important to make an appointment
with our office for an evaluation:
Exercise legs every two to three hours to get
the blood flowing back to the heart. Walk up
and down the aisle of a plane or train, rotate
ankles while sitting, and take regular breaks
on road trips.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids;
avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Consider wearing compression stockings.
If you are at risk for DVT and plan on taking
a long trip this season, follow these
tips to reduce the likelihood of developing
a blood clot:
Swelling in the leg
Pain in the calf or thigh
Warmth and redness of the leg