Summer means vacation and travel for many people. If you’re traveling long distances, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can become a problem if you don’t take breaks and stand or move around frequently. Below is an excellent article about DVT, written by Meridien Research’s own Dr. Gigi Lefebvre, that can help eliminate the threat.
Blood Clots & Travel
If blood sits still too long it tends to clot. So it should come as no surprise that travel increases the risk of getting blood clots in your legs which are called “deep vein thromboses” or DVT’s. These unfortunately can break free & go to the lungs where we call them “pulmonary emboli“. Pulmonary emboli can kill you as they block up the blood vessels of the lungs, thus liquid blood cannot pass through the lungs to pick up oxygen, resulting in a deadly lack of oxygen to all the body’s organs. So if you travel 2 hours or more, you should pump your feet up and down to push the blood through your leg veins. You should also stand up or at least try to stretch out straight so you remove the bend at your hips, thus re-establishing a straight course for the blood to flow from your feet to your heart. If you develop red, hot, swollen legs or shortness of breath after travel, do not delay in contacting your doctor & be sure to give him this history so he will evaluate you urgently. The best study to evaluate for DVT’s is a Doppler ultrasound of the legs, and the usual test for a PE is either a ventillation-perfusion scan or a spiral CT of the chest. Again, these clots can be life-threatening, so if you think you have one, get your studies done urgently, even if that means going to the Emergency Room!
Here are additional tips for avoiding DVT from www.everydayhealth.com
- If you have a history of DVT, your doctor may recommend fitted compression stockings
- If you have a history of DVT, your doctor may recommend blood-thinning medication
- Stay Hydrated and Limit Alcohol
- Improve Your Blood Flow; don’t wear tight clothing that constricts your waist or legs and avoid crossing your legs while you’re sitting
Dr. Lefebvre and her team lead many types of clinical research studies at Meridien Research’s St. Petersburg, Florida site. For information about their studies, please call 727-347-8839 or click here for a current list.