HIDDEN TRAVEL DANGER
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
• 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.