Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when your blood clots in the lower parts of your body, usually the legs, during periods of inactivity. Usually this is nothing to worry about as once you begin to move again the blood re-circulates around the body; however it is a serious medical condition that should not be taken lightly. Follow our tips below so that you can stay healthy and prevent the risks of DVT while travelling.
Why Do We Get Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Sometimes DVT can occur for no reason, but for others it is a result of pregnancy, have blood vessel damage, contraceptive and hormone replacement tablets or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as cancer, heart conditions or arthritis. Long distance travel arrangements in confined spaces, such as flights, can also increase your chances of developing DVT.
What Are the Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?
DVT is a serious medical condition and requires immediate assistance as the results can be fatal if not addressed quickly. Symptoms can include pain, tenderness and swelling in your leg, warm skin in the affected area, and redness in your skin (often found at the back of the leg near the knee)
If you experience DVT symptoms and don't receive medical treatment, complications can begin to set in. The blood clot can travel from the original site and lodge itself in one of the lungs; this is what is known as a pulmonary embolism. Serious symptoms can include breathlessness (either sudden or gradual), chest pain and tightness upon breathing in, and collapse.
How Can I Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis?
If you have previously have DVT in the past, consult your doctor for advise prior to travel. For those of you who have never had it before, here are some tips to keep you healthy whilst on your journey:
Always make sure you have an adequate level of travel insurance for the duration of your trip and remember to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions, including previous episodes of DVT.
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