Whether you’re traveling for a business meeting or to see family for the holidays, airline travel can increase your risk of developing blood clots. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is of particular concern during this time. DVT is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg. Clots in your deep veins are especially dangerous since they can break free and travel to your lungs, a cause for major concern.
Long periods of sitting without movement can aggravate the symptoms of an untreated chronic vein condition, such as varicose veins. It can also leave you more susceptible to serious complications such as blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If your upcoming travel plans include a road trip—especially one longer than a couple of hours—it’s important to take steps to keep fresh blood (and therefore oxygen!) flowing through your legs.
As the weather continues to shift towards the winter cold, we begin to mentally and physically prepare ourselves for another blustery Michigan winter spent indoors. But while you still have the chance, get outside and enjoy the crisp breeze and golden sun peeking through the colorful Michigan foliage!
Life gets busy with kids, grandkids, work, travel, and everything else that life throws your way. You may always find a reason to postpone vein treatment, but it’s important to remember that vein conditions are progressive. Not only can varicose and spider veins get worse if left untreated, they are oftentimes more difficult to treat the longer they are ignored.