Summer time has arrived and many people are going on vacation. Some are traveling to England for the Summer Olympics. The occurence of travel-related vein conditions is increasing. The lack of movement during travel can cause symptoms such as heavy legs, leg pain or swollen feet and ankles. During travel, blood circulation in the lower extremity is reduced. This leads to a major risk of developing phlebitis and blood clots or even worse the blood clots travel to the lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism which can be deadly. Any type of travel which involves longs periods of sitting whether it is by car, bus, train or plane can put you at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This risk goes up the longer you sit. For example if your travel lasts for more than 5 hours, you are four times more likely to develop a DVT. Another interesting bit of information, both unusually tall, and short individuals, are particularly vulnerable to develop DVT. Most seats used for travel are designed for safety with fairly rigid metal frames. The metal bar at the front edge may compress the popliteal vein and result in venous stasis (decreased circulation) which can lead to DVT.
Symptoms of DVT do not usually develop immediately after travel, but more typically within three days of arrival. Symptoms may manifest themselves as long as 2 weeks after a long trip. Roughly about 600,000 people in the United States are affected by DVT each year. About 100,000 die as a result of DVT. DVT kills more people every year than AIDS, breast cancer and traffic accidents combined! You should know the symptoms of DVT so you may become your own activist and recognize when you should seek medical attention.
travel smart with Medi Travel Socks
Symptoms of DVT can be similar to other conditions, like a pulled muscle and can delay accurate diagnosis. Some people may have no symptoms.
Things You Can Do To Prevent DVT Are:
Wearing compression stockings during travel has been proven to reduce heavy feeling legs, swollen feet and ankles as well as the likelihood of developing DVT.
Note: If you have an existing venous conditions, currently having swelling or are at risk for DVT, see your doctor before long distance travel. He/she will prescribe a garment in the appropriate compression.
Just remember to wear support socks or support stockings when you travel and continue to wear them for the next day after your arrival at your destination to make sure your legs return to normal size. Encourage friends or family who are traveling with you to do the same. (They may not know about the dangers of Travel Related DVT.)
Happy and Safe Travels,