Not all of us find ourselves on 15 hour plane rides but a flight of 4 hours is not uncommon and can put you at risk for DVT. Here are 5 tips to help you remain healthy this holiday season.
If your leg is bent in a seated position for a long period of time it can reduce blood flow and increase risk for clot. Standing up and moving can help. Try taking a stroll up and down the aisle, request an aisle seat so that it’s easier to get up and move around.
2. Seated Exercises
Every 30 minutes you should flex your feet and move your legs to promote blood flow. Move your ankles as if your pressing on the gas pedal of a car for 20-30 reps to help with circulation.
3. Wear Compression Stockings
These special stockings, for men and women, provide graduated pressure that is strongest at the ankles and decreases toward the knee to improve blood flow to the lower leg.
4. Blood-Thinning Medication
If you have a history of DVT you should consider asking your healthcare provider about taking a blood-thinning medication while you travel. They reduce your blood’s ability to clot. Examples are Lovenox and aspirin.
5. Stay Hydrated, Limit Alcohol
Dehydration can increase your risk for DVT. Drink plenty of fluids before and during your flight to ensure you stay well hydrated. Also, limit alcohol because it can lead to dehydration.
On behalf of myself and my staff – Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!