Things to know about DVT and tips for travelling

Deep vein thrombosis, commonly known as DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein within the body. While these can form anywhere in the body, it is most commonly found in the leg, causing both swelling and pain.

According to the NHS, one in every 1,000 people in the UK is affect by DVT. Deep vein thrombosis can affect anyone but is more common and more likely to occur with age.

There are a number of factors you should be aware of which could put someone at risk of DVT:
1- Being overweight and obese
2- Inactivity – This can be when you are hospitalised after an operation and therefore unable to move, or on
a long car journey.
3- Previous venous thromboembolism .
4- Genetics.

Symptoms:

1- Swollen and tender calves.
2- Red areas of the leg.
3- Area of the leg noticeably warm to touch.
4- Swelling and pain on the leg.

There are a number of prevention methods. Most are simple lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, avoiding alcohol, staying hydrated and keeping fit. There are also compression stockings that can be worn which help the prevention of clots forming.

If you do have DVT there are treatments available. These can include anticoagulant medicines which reduces blood’s tendency to clot, but more often than not, compression stockings are the most suitable treatments in most cases.

If you are planning on travelling it’s important to know long journeys, whether in a car, plane or train (over five hours) can increase your risk of developing DVT. But rest assured, DVT can be covered by travel insurance.

Tips if you are travelling:

Compression stockings:
-A study has found that travellers who wore compression stockings on flights over four hours significantly reduce the risk of developing DVT than those who didn’t wear them.

Walk around:
-Sitting for extended periods of time can increase the risk of DVT, so it’s important that, no matter the method of transport, you get up and walk around to stretch your legs. This should be done every hour or so.

Anti-DVT exercises:
-Try raising your heel while keeping your toes on the floor and then lowering them back to the ground. This can help movement if you aren’t able to easily sand. Repeat this ever half an hour..