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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Travel & Deep Vein Thrombisis (DVT)

While there is no direct link between travel and deep vein thrombosis, sitting for long periods of time could put you at higher risk especially if you have additional risk factors such as cancer, congested heart failure, are over the age of 40, are obese or are a smoker.
Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, it is important to speak with your doctor about the potential risk of DVT and other health issues before you leave for your trip.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when traveling for more than four hours you should
•    Get up and move around every two to three hours
•    Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water
•    Reduce alcohol or caffeine consumption
•    Avoid crossing legs for long periods of time

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