With the summer travel season in full swing, many are preparing for long road trips. Dr. Gilvydis says that for people with varicose veins, trips of four hours or more by plane, car or train can intensify pain and discomfort, and even pose a risk for blood clots including deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot deep within the leg), a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to get relief from varicose veins and prevent blood clots while traveling. Dr. Gilvydis recommends:
- Doing “heel lifts” to wake up your calves and allow blood to pump easier from the leg to the heart
- Wearing loose clothing to decrease pressure on the abdomen which can help improve the venous system’s ability to move blood from legs back to the heart
- Drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol
- Wearing compression stocking to improve blood from to the heartDuring any refueling stops, get up and walk around
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