Varicose Veins and DVT

holidays travel varicose veinsWith holidays on the horizon, medical experts are warning that varicose veins can also increase the risk of developing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).

When the legs are inactive, blood flow becomes sluggish in the deep veins, meaning achy limbs and an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). For those who already have varicose veins, this can be more a greater risk, as the blood flow is already impaired in the damaged veins.

With holidays on the horizon, it is sensible to take a few precautions to keep the circulation going and reduce the risk of problems arising.

DVT Precautions

Advice includes:

  • Keep as active as possible when travelling. This applies whether you are on a plane, train, coach or boat or even in the car for a long drive
  • On a long flight, wear properly fitted flight stockings – also known as ‘below knee graduated compression stockings’ – these speed up the flow of blood in the veins, reducing the risks of the blood clotting
  • Get up for walks at least once per hour on a flight and take regular breaks when driving or a car passenger
  • Keep well hydrated
  • Exercise always helps. While travelling, turn circles with your ankles, press the balls of the feet to the floor and then flex/straighten the toes. Do this every 30 minutes
  • Adopting a more active lifestyle in general is also very helpful and taking daily walks in advance of a long journey has numerous health benefits – including aiding circulation

Varicose Vein Removal

Varicose vein removal is now a lot less uncomfortable and more successful than people think. EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. It is carried out under local anaesthetic and patients can walk out unaided after treatment.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.

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