Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Jul 18, 2023

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a clot, or thrombus, forms in the deep veins of the thigh or lower leg. Symptoms of DVT include pain and swelling in the legs, but some people may not experience any symptoms. When this happens, the clot can break loose, lodge in your lungs and stop blood flow, causing a medical emergency known as a pulmonary embolism. The CDC estimates up to 100,000 Americans die of this condition each year.

While DVT is commonly associated with flying and extended travel, it can affect anyone who sits for long periods or is on bed rest.

By understanding your risk for DVT, you can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a clotting-related event.

The Mayo Clinic states that risk factors for DVT include being 60 or older, birth control pills, pregnancy, injury or surgery, being overweight, heart failure, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. Some risk factors, such as a family or personal history, can’t be modified. However, you can decrease your chance of developing DVT by quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight.

Talk with your doctor about your health history and personal risk of DVT before long flights, car trips or extended travel. However, you can minimize your deep vein thrombosis (DVT) risk when traveling with these tips.

  • If you’re on a long flight, get up and walk around the cabin when appropriate. Engage the muscles of the legs when you’re sitting by extending one leg at a time out in front of you. Moving and walking keep blood flowing in the limbs. If you’re taking a long road trip, frequently stop to stretch your legs.
  • Take the opportunity to fight leg fatigue during long layovers or delays by exploring the terminal if you’re stuck in an airport.
  • Your doctor may recommend wearing compression socks or stockings to minimize DVT risk when traveling for extended periods. Even if they’re not prescribed, lighter compression socks and tights may feel good, reduce swelling and keep blood flowing on long flights.

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