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Get fit, before you fly
I am not telling you to go get all Rocky like, I am talking about… you guessed it, getting fit for compression stockings. Those who travel for periods longer than 3 hours should take the necessary precautions to lesson their chances of a DVT. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as Economy Class Syndrome or ECS.
The name Economy Class syndrome is quite misleading. It is definitely not a problem only for those sitting in the back of a plane, although cramped quarters does not help and it's not just an issue tied to air travel. Sorry my first-class friends you are no safer than those behind you, in fact you may be at more risk. Like I said lack of space can play a part but there is more to it than what the name leads you to believe.
We should probably start with what a DVT actually is, just in case this is completely new to you. By definition a DVT is a blood clot (thrombus) that forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, typically in the legs.
There are a few factors that put you at a higher risk before you even go jetsetting across the globe. One is age, statistically we know those over the age of 40 are twice as likely to develop a DVT, over 60 your risk is even greater. People with inherited blood clotting conditions, pregnant or postpartum women, overweight or obese, or those with large varicose veins in their legs. Everyone should follow the simple tip I am about to provide, especially if you fall in any of the abover categories just mentioned.
Scared to fly, drive, scuba dive? Don’t be. There are lots of preventative measures you can take to reduce your risk. Age you cannot control, blood clotting disorders you may or maynot. Weight? Sure but this won't help you at this point but in the future absolutely. So let’s take a look at what we can control and do to reverse the direction of all this.
I hope you found something useful form this post, outside of my being goofy. You live once why not laugh or call someone an idiot in the comforts of your home behind a computer screen.
I would like to finish up by saying if you ever experience any swelling, discomfort, pain or tenderness, red or discolored skin in your legs following a long flight or traveling in a car you should seek medical attention immediately. It also should be noted that many experience no symptoms at all and that is not funny.
Here is a link to some recommended travel socks that Jeneen and I personally like. You do not need to go by what we suggest, any 15-20 mmHg gradient compression stocking or sock will do the tricks.. If you already wear compression that is higher than 15-20 mmHg you should stick with your previously prescribed compression.
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