Most people with varicose veins often talk with a vascular surgeon and worry about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). They fear that their condition increases their chances of developing DVT while flying. The reality is that DVT is different from varicose veins, and we’re here to set the record straight. Learn more by visiting DHR Health Vein Institute.
DVT vs. Varicose Veins
DVT is a condition that occurs when clots develop or become bigger in the deep veins of the legs. If the clot moves, it becomes dangerous as it can block blood vessels and cause a pulmonary embolism.
DVT can develop if you have medical conditions that affect the blood clotting process. It can also occur when you remain in one position for a long time, like after an accident or surgery. The common symptoms include pain in your leg, discolored or red skin, and a feeling of warmth on your affected leg.
Varicose veins, on the other hand, occur when veins become bigger, dilated and filled with blood. They appear swollen and raised with a red or purple color and are often painful. Varicose veins are common, particularly in women. The potential causes for the condition include menopause, pregnancy, standing for long hours, family history and obesity.
Should You Fly?
Just because you have varicose veins doesn’t mean you can’t fly and enjoy a vacation like everyone else. Although you have a higher risk of developing DVT, the chances are very minimal. In fact, it is uncertain whether these veins are to blame for the increased risk.
If you’re concerned, the best thing to do is consult our vascular surgeon, who will check your medical history and health to determine whether you’re safe to fly. In most cases, vascular surgeons recommend waiting if you’ve had any surgery before flying for long hours.
Tips For Flying with Varicose Veins
Wear Compression Stockings
When you wear them, they put pressure on your legs, which stimulates blood circulation. You can even ask for flight stocks if you really need them.
In addition, wear comfortable clothing that should not restrict blood flow. Stick to loose clothes that allow your body to breathe, and avoid putting pressure on your feet or legs.
Practice a few leg exercises during your flight. If necessary, you can request for seats with added leg room. That way, you can exercise and prevent any complications.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids during your flights to avoid dehydration. This improves blood circulation and nourishes your immune system.
Varicose veins shouldn’t deter you from flying and enjoying your vacation. If you have any concerns, please visit DHR Health Vein Institute to consult with a vascular surgeon. Contact us today to book an appointment.