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How to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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Prevent DVT When Traveling

 DVT prevention is also something to consider when you travel. That's because sitting still for long periods puts you at risk. Because children tend to move around more, even while sitting, their risk is not as high.

Prevent DVT when traveling with these six steps:

  • Consider purchasing compression stockings at a medical supply store and wearing them during your travels. This helps reduce swelling.
  • Avoid wearing short, tight socks or crossing your legs for long periods.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid dehydrating fluids, such as coffee and alcohol. Dehydration causes blood to thicken and the veins to narrow.
  • When traveling by car, stop every hour to walk around.
  • Between connecting flights and during long flights, get up and move around. This squeezes the blood vessels, helping to prevent DVT by preventing the formation of blood clots.
  • If you can't easily move around, curl or press your toes down often throughout your trip.

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 23, 2012

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