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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.
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.
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:
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, it may be best you see a qualified GP to ensure your vein health.
There are several actions that can be done to proactively reduce the risk of developing DVT, which include:
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:
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!
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