Traveling With Vein Disease
Traveling can be a challenge for people with vein disease. Short distances, like going to the store, should not typically be problematic. However a plane ride or a long drive out of state, could result in the increased risk of blood clots or DVT. When these clots break loose and move from the legs to the lungs, this is called pulmonary embolism and can be a HUGE problem. Traveling for long periods of time while sitting and not being able to get up, put you at the most risk.
Blood Clots and Varicose Veins Risk
Varicose veins increases the chance of a blood clot during travel. This risk is increased even more by:
- Being pregnant
- Cancers and other diseases
- Older age
- History of or genetic disposition of blood clots
Warning Signs of Blood Clots
Here are a few things to look out for if you find yourself traveling this holiday:
- Swelling in the hips, legs, ankles or calves
- Discolored or red skin
- Skin that feels increasingly warm to touch
Tips That May Help:
- Change seated positions frequently
- Stretch it out – Get up and take breaks if you can
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear loose clothing so blood flow is not restricted
- Wear compression socks to help blood flow
If you plan to travel and have circulatory problems and concerns about developing a blood clot, talk with your vein and vascular doctor. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.
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