Are you a frequent traveler? Flying long distances? If so, you should know about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that forms in the “deep” larger veins, usually in the legs. If the clot dislodges from the vein wall and becomes mobile, it will move through the venous system, and eventually, could block a vein of the heart, brain or lungs.
Who is at risk for DVT?
At risk are people who fly, sit or stand for long periods of time. Other contributing factors are: smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, recent surgery or diagnosed vein disease.
How can I tell if I have DVT?
Unfortunately, DVT is a difficult condition to detect, and is often symptom less. If symptoms occur, they may include intense pain or cramping in the calves, tenderness, swelling, warmth or changes in skin color.
Using Compression Therapy
An effective way to keep your legs healthy during air travel is wearing graduated compression stocking. Compression stockings and socks exert a comfortable pressure on the outside of the leg to support the veins and vein valves. If you think you are at risk for a DVT, consult your primary care provider.