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How to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis When Traveling

You must have heard stories of people getting blood clots during long journeys. But are you at risk? What should you do to prevent yourself from getting blood clots?

Here are answers to a few of the pressing questions you may have.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

The blood clots that form deep in the veins are known as deep vein thrombosis. These clots are likely to form in your deep leg vein. It is the vein that runs through your thigh and calf muscles.

This condition is potentially fatal, as the clot has a risk of traveling to your lungs, which can lead you to have a pulmonary embolism.

What are the Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Some people don’t have any symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, while others do. Those symptoms include:

One out of every 10 people who have deep vein thrombosis can develop pulmonary embolism. The symptoms of that include:

What is the Connection Between Travelling and Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis can occur when you sit for an extended period time without moving your legs. This lack of exercise slows the circulation of blood down, which increases the risk of blood clots.

As the travel time increases, the possibility of you getting deep vein thrombosis increases as well.

How can you Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis While Traveling?

When you are going on a long journey, you need to:

Who is at Risk of Getting Deep Vein Thrombosis?

There is no rule regarding who will get deep vein thrombosis and who won’t; anyone can become victim to this condition. Though, the risk is increased if:

Are you at risk of deep vein thrombosis? Visit Keystone Cardiovascular Center before this condition can develop into pulmonary embolism.

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