Q: Which type of compression stocking should be worn for travel and by someone who has postural tachycardia syndrome? I am taking a long haul flight that is about 15 hours. I have postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and would like to wear a comfortable and effective compression stocking on the flight. Should I opt for knee-high, thigh-high, or panty hose? Also, what grade? Thank you very much.
A: I would say that it depends on if you have varicose veins, any reflux in your superficial system and what levels are involved. If you have minimal to no venous insufficiency and your goal is to minimize the chances of a deep vein clot, I would get 15-20mm knee highs, take an aspirin a day for several days before and after your travel (if you have no ulcer disease or other stomach issues), and would try to get up on the plane every hour or so for a walk to the bathroom. The combination of walking, aspirin and support should decrease your risks for DVT.