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What can you do when traveling to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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On flights longer than 4 hours, get up and move around. Take the opportunity to walk and stretch between connecting flights, too. When you're traveling by car, stop every hour to walk around. If you're stuck in your seat, work the muscles in your legs often throughout your trip by doing the following:

  • Stretching your legs.
  • Flexing your feet.
  • Curling or pressing your toes down.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Venous Thromboembolism & Pulmonary Embolism - Statistics."

Goldhaber, S. Circulation, 2002.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

FDA: "Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis: Keep the Blood Flowing."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism as Major Public Health Problems."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Venous Thromboembolism & Pulmonary Embolism - Statistics."

Goldhaber, S. Circulation, 2002.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

FDA: "Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis: Keep the Blood Flowing."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism as Major Public Health Problems."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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