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How can you lower your chances of getting venous thromboembolism (VTE) when you travel?

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And when you're traveling, whether by train, plane, or car:

  • Get up and walk around every 1 to 2 hours.
  • Move around in your seat and stretch your legs often.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Don't smoke before your trip.
  • Don't drink alcohol, since it can dehydrate you.
  • Don't use medicines to make you sleep, so you'll stay awake enough to move around.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take an aspirin before a long plane flight.

From: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Venous Thromboembolism?" "Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)" "Symptoms and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) (The Basics)," "Patient education: Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) (The Basics)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism)."

World Thrombosis Day: "Know VTE."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "DVT Prevention: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices."

NHS Choices: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Medscape: “Management of Upper Extremity Deep-Vein Thrombosis Reviewed.”

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “How is PE Diagnosed? Understanding PE Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Venous Thromboembolism?" "Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)" "Symptoms and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) (The Basics)," "Patient education: Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) (The Basics)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism)."

World Thrombosis Day: "Know VTE."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "DVT Prevention: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices."

NHS Choices: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Medscape: “Management of Upper Extremity Deep-Vein Thrombosis Reviewed.”

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “How is PE Diagnosed? Understanding PE Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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