HID­DEN TRAVEL DAN­GER

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

Any­one can get deep vein thrombosis—when a blood clot de­vel­ops in a deep vein, com­monly in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis.The in­ac­tiv­ity of travel in­creases the risk, and while DVT is treat­able, it can be fa­tal if the clot trav­els to the heart or lungs.Travis Stork, M.D., an ER physi­cian and host of The Doc­tors, shares tips to de­tect and pre­vent it:

LOOK OUT FOR

• Swelling or ten­der­ness in the af­fected area

• Pain, of­ten cramp­ing or sore­ness

• Red­ness of the skin or a feel­ing of warmth

AVOID IT

• Move: On a plane, try to pick an aisle seat, and walk ev­ery hour. If driv­ing, pull over and stretch. In your seat (if you’re not driv­ing), do calf raises or toe taps.

• Wear com­pres­sion socks; they can help stop blood from pool­ing and clot­ting.

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