Did you know that while you are travelling you could be at a higher risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Many Australians believe Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is only a risk when travelling by plane, however this is a myth! Developing DVT is just as much of a risk if you are travelling by car as well as by plane, and is most likely to occur by sitting for long periods of time (four or more hours). If you have already suffered from varicose veins your risk for developing DVT is heightened significantly, as varicose veins are a symptom of a malfunctioning or weak venous system.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis is an occurrence of a blood clot within a deep vein, and is most common in the deeper veins of the lower leg. This condition can be severe as they can spread to other veins and cause dysfunction or even life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolism. Other complications can include post-thrombotic syndrome (where damage has occurred in deep veins and the blood pools instead of flows) and limb ischaemia – a rare condition that can cause pressure in the lungs to become very high.
How do I know if I have Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Many DVT blood clots are so tiny they do not cause any damage or produce any symptoms, and your body is usually able to break down the clots without side-effects. However more serious and larger blood clots can:
- Swell the affected leg or limb
- Cause pain and discomfort
- Change the colour of your skin
- Make your skin warm or hot to touch
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, it may be best you see a qualified GP to ensure your vein health.
You can prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis…
There are several actions that can be done to proactively reduce the risk of developing DVT, which include:
- Wearing compression stockings for long travels – these allow even blood flow and heighten circulation for a decreased risk of vein malfunction. Compression stocking are available from The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane for just $25 a pair.
- Taking regular ‘walk breaks’ whilst travelling, and when you do stop (recommended every four hours) get out of the car and have a walk around.
- If you have varicose veins, it is important to have an ultrasound examination prior to travel and if necessary having them treated as varicose veins heighten the risk of DVT.
We can help you combat your varicose veins…
At The Varicose Vein Clinic in Brisbane, we are dedicated to helping you achieve functioning veins and beautifully smooth legs. If you suffer from varicose veins, it is vitally important to get them checked or treated (if necessary) prior to travelling for extensive periods of time.
We are able to utilise ultrasound technology in order to assess your varicose veins in much greater depth, and use an array of different treatments to help eliminate your varicose veins, depending on their severity or complexity:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA)
- Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS)
Ensure your health before you take that holiday by booking a consultation at our Brisbane clinic for a full consultation and assessment – it is small and it is simple but it could save you from developing Deep Vein Thrombosis!
To discover more about Deep Vein Thrombosis, the compression stockings we sell or to book a consultation at our Brisbane clinic, please do not hesitate to contact us.