Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe, holly and holiday travel to visit friends and family. But if you suffer from vein disease, you should know the effects of limited movement and constant sitting during travel because they can increase your chances of developing blood clots.
Signs of serious risks and complications
Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism exhibit no warning signs and can result in sudden death. So this blog is a crucial reminder to have any current vein diseases evaluated and treated by a specialist prior to traveling.
Most blood clots that form within superficial veins dissolve by themselves, but blood clots that develop within a deep vein are a true cause for concern. If a clot formed within a deep vein (DVT) breaks free, it can travel through your bloodstream and to the lungs (causing a pulmonary embolism), where it can block blood flow.
It’s important that you recognize these symptoms of pulmonary embolism:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Dizziness or fainting
- Rapid or irregular heart rate
- Trouble breathing
- Coughing up blood
Symptoms of DVT are normally felt in the affected area of the body and typically include:
- Swelling of the affected area
- Warm skin to the touch
- Redness of your skin
- Pain or tenderness
A few suggestions to minimize the risk of DVT and embolisms while flying:
- If you’ve ever had DVT in the past, use a blood-thinning medication
- Make time for frequent breaks to walk down the aisles and exercise
- Always wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- Put on properly fitted compression stockings
- Drink lots of water while avoiding alcoholic beverages and caffeine
- Avoid sleeping aids
If you have think you are having a DVT or a pulmonary embolism, these are medical emergencies and you should go directly to a hospital Emergency Room. To discuss your varicose veins or risk factors, please call Ozark Regional Vein Center today at 479-464-VEIN (8346).