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Travel & DVT

While there is no direct link between travel and DVT, sitting for long periods of time could put you at higher risk especially if you have additional risk factors.

Whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile, it is important to talk with your doctor about the potential risk of DVT and other health issues before you leave for your trip.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when traveling for more than four hours you should : 24

  • Get up and move around every two to three hours
  • Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Reduce alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Avoid crossing legs for long periods

For more information on maintaining mobility when traveling, the Coalition to Prevent DVT has created DVT Awareness In MotionClick here for more information.

This video will teach you a variety of exercises that you can do while seated that may help reduce the risk of DVT by encouraging blood circulation through increased movement. When the muscles of the leg are inactive, blood can collect in the lower extremities, increasing the risk for developing DVT.Click here to view DVT Awareness In Motion!

DVT Awareness In Motion Guide You can also download a DVT Awareness In Motion Guide here that you can print out to take with you on your trip.

Remember, your risk of DVT can be reduced by recognizing the signs and symptoms and taking the appropriate preventative care.

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Did you know that up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT?