Tips to reduce risk of DVT on long journeys
Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30
Prepare in advance - that's the advice if you are about to go on a plane and may be at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg.
Don't leave it until the last minute in case you need to buy medication, compression stockings or anything else for your flight.
Wearing compression stockings during flights of four hours or more can significantly reduce your risk of DVT, as well as leg swelling (oedema).
The below-knee stockings apply gentle pressure to the ankle to help blood flow. They come in a variety of sizes and there are also different levels of compression. Class 1 stockings (exerting a pressure of 14-17 mmHg at the ankle) are generally sufficient.
It's vital that compression stockings are measured and worn correctly.
Ill-fitting stockings could further increase the risk of DVT.
Other tips to reduce your risk of DVT during a long-distance flight, train or car journey include:
Wear loose, comfortable clothes
Do anti-DVT exercises
Walk around whenever you can
Drink plenty of water
Don't drink alcohol or take sleeping pills.
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