As the world is currently battling the spread of COVID-19 viral infections, almost all countries have stopped their regular domestic and international flights. The only flights that are currently operating are to countries with no cases of the viral infection and to bring people stranded in other countries back to their home countries.
However, as soon as the lockdown will be lifted and the mandatory stay-at-orders rescinded, many people are planning on resuming travel activities with increased enthusiasm.
While that is good news for many people, for those with varicose veins, traveling poses a significant health risk. According to a study by WHO into the Global Hazards of Travel, the risk of developing venous thromboembolism almost doubles for people with varicose veins.
What Is Venous Thromboembolism?
Venous thromboembolism is a secondary condition caused by blood clots that form in the weakened or improperly functioning veins of the arms and legs. The clots travel through the circulatory system and lodge into the lungs blocking the circulatory system. The condition is quite serious and is often fatal unless immediately treated.
Venous thromboembolism is usually followed by deep vein thrombosis. Trips that take longer than 4 hours increase the chances for people with varicose veins to develop DVT.
Who Is at Risk?
DVT can affect almost anyone, but certain people are at a higher risk. These include:
- People over the age of 50 or those with poor mobility are more likely to have DVT
- Anyone who has experienced recent trauma, hospitalization, or surgery that caused long periods of immobility can experience slow circulation and increased risk of DVT
- People with family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism
- People with chronic medical conditions, infection, or obesity
- People who smoke often
Tips to Maintain Vein Health During Traveling
Our vein experts have offered some simple tips for individuals with varicose veins that plan on traveling soon:
- Drink lots of fluids and keep your body sufficiently hydrated.
- Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing along with compression stockings to take the pressure off your veins.
- Try to get up and moving every now and then, and don’t sit with your legs crossed for long periods of time
- Pump your legs up and down while seated for long periods on the plane or while waiting for your flight
- Consider taking an aspirin before traveling to thin the blood and reduce the likelihood of clots
Professional Varicose Vein diagnoses and treatment Experts In New York:
If you plan to travel anytime soon, make sure you get a professional vein assessment from the experts at Varicose Veins Doctors New York. Our leading vein specialists and vascular surgeons have years of experience treating venous disorders and can identify potential vein conditions in no time.
We also offer innovative and non-invasive treatment options for vein conditions such as venous insufficiency, restless leg syndrome, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and leg swelling.
Call 212-906-9111 today to schedule an appointment!