For those who love to get out on the open highway and drive, it’s important to know that lengthy travel time in cars increase the risk for developing a blood clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT can occur when the legs are constricted resulting in clots forming in veins in the lower leg. Within hours of forming, these clots are liable to fragment and travel around the body. They can lodge in the lung, heart or brain with potentially fatal results.
It’s been noted that any mode of travel lasting three hours or more can triple the chances of DVT to those who are susceptible. People most at risk include individuals who have recently had surgery, cancer or heart disease, those with a blood condition or history of thrombosis, or women who are pregnant or on hormone replacement therapy.
To reduce the risk of DVT during car travel, Dr. Robert Merchant of the Reno Vein Clinic suggests that both drivers and passengers take a break to stretch their legs at least every two hours, wear comfortable and unrestrictive clothing, drink plenty of water and consider compression stockings if necessary.
“Sometimes, driving can pose a larger threat than flying because passengers aren’t’ necessarily forced to get up and move, in comparison to having to walk through an airport to hop on a connecting flight” remarks Dr. Merchant.
For more information about preventing yourself from DVT and problematic vein issues, contact the Reno Vein Clinic www.renoveinclinic.com (775) 329-3100.