Take Home messages…

Travel Thrombosis (aka Blood Clots due to Travel)
Important Information for Travelers—
by car, plane, boat or train

Protect your health and energize your legs while you travel. Thromboses (blood clots) in the legs are a serious and possibly life-threatening condition not so uncommon with our traveling population.

When your movement is restricted, either voluntarily or involuntarily, as during long plane flights, extended bus, train, or car rides, the blood flow in your legs can become sluggish. The decrease in circulation can lead to a thrombosis or clot.

Recent studies have shown that a thrombosis can occur in up to 10% of the long haul airline travelers. So when planning your next trip please consider these tips to prevent a thrombosis.

Are you high-risk for travel thrombosis?
  • Do you have tired heavy leg syndrome legs by nightfall?
  • Have you or someone in your family had a thrombosis?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do your legs or ankles swell during the day? Do you notice a line from your socks or stockings when you remove them?
  • Are you over 50 years of age?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Have you recently had an operation or fracture?
  • Have you ever had a problem with blood clotting?
  • Have you ever had thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the veins in your legs)?
    • Do you take the pill or are you pregnant?