Long lines, time consuming security check points, annoying passengers, and (worst of all) lost luggage… there’s no denying that traveling is rarely fun. However, underneath the frustrations of modern air travel lies a more serious concern: deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) is a type of blood clot that becomes more likely to occur when an individual stays seated (or immobile) for an extended period of time. The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Dr. John Chuback, a vein specialist from Bergen County explains how you can take control of your vein health.
According to a vein specialist, Bergen County residents can do the following to protect themselves from DVT
Protecting yourself from DVT while traveling is not complicated. In fact, with just a few changes to your flying routine you can significantly lower your risk. One of the biggest things you can do for your vein health is take time to move throughout your trip. If you are traveling by car, take a break every hour or so to stretch your legs. Movement is much more difficult on a crowded airplane, but check with the crew to see if you can take a walk up and down the aisle once an hour. While you are seated, bend and straighten your toes, legs, and feet and press your feet down against the floor every half hour or so. This will help encourage blood flow and reduce the risk of clots. Stow your carry on items in the overhead bin to make sure you have ample space to move your legs, and do not forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If you are planning ahead for a trip, consider picking up a pair of compression stockings to wear for the ride. Compression stockings help to promote proper blood flow by applying helpful pressure to the ankles and calves. Compression stockings can be found in a number of colors at most pharmacies and medical supply stores.
Understanding how DVT forms
The advice above is effective because it counteracts the lack of blood movement that is most conducive to clot formations. Blood clots are most likely to form when blood is flowing slowly, which is what happens when your legs are still for an extended period of time. The thing that makes DVT particularly dangerous is the risk of the clot breaking off the vein wall and traveling through the blood stream. Should the clot reach the lungs, a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism may occur.
Understanding the risks associated with DVT and the steps you can take to avoid them is easier with the help of a vein specialist. Bergen County residents can take advantages of the resources provided by the Chuback Medical Group to learn more. If you have questions about how deep vein thrombosis relates to travel, or about any other vein related issue, don’t hesitate to contact our offices. We look forward to hearing from you!