How to Avoid Venous Thrombosis on Long-distance Flights

However, when we sit on a plane for hours without moving, the effect of the muscle pumps is severely limited and the blood flow to the heart is slowed, which increases the risk of thrombosis. Blood clots can form in the veins - usually in the legs - which may narrow or block blood vessels. The risk is of thrombosis is low for healthy people, but increases on very long journeys. And venous thrombosis is a painful and serious problem, especially if the blood clot breaks loose and leads to blockage of a vessel.

What you can do to reduce the risk of thrombosis:

  • wear comfortable, loose clothing while traveling
  • take off your shoes during the flight
  • tense and relax your leg and foot muscles from time to time to stimulate muscle pumping and the backflow of blood to the heart
  • get up every now and then and take a few steps
  • drink plenty of water, but avoid coffee and alcohol

How does travel thrombosis manifest itself?

The first signs of thrombosis can be:

  • swelling of the legs
  • bluish discoloration of the skin on the leg
  • pains
  • a feeling of tension when walking
  • shiny skin

Prevention of increased risk of thrombosis

If you are very overweight, smoke, take the pill, are pregnant, have cardiovascular disease or blood clotting disorders, or had a thrombosis before, it makes sense to discuss preventive measures such as anti-thrombosis stockings or anti-thrombosis injections with your doctor.

Signs of thrombosis may not appear until many days after the trip. If you suspect a blood clot, it is important to see a doctor as quickly as possible.

Stay healthy and enjoy your trip!

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