If you suffer from the contributing factors of vein disease, Maryland Vein Professionals wants you to know that you can be at risk for developing life-threatening conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and even a pulmonary embolism.
Both can be caused by any of these contributing factors, such as prolonged standing or sitting, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, heredity, hormonal fluctuations, higher blood volume because of pregnancy, untreated venous insufficiency (varicose veins), or more.
Recognizing the symptoms of serious complications
In about 50% of cases, there are no warning signs that a DVT or a pulmonary embolism is occurring. Either can result in sudden death. This information serves as a crucial reminder to have any vein diseases evaluated and treated by a specialist before you travel for the holidays or on a vacation.
Typically, blood clots that form within a superficial vein dissolve by themselves. However, blood clots that develop within a deep vein are a cause for concern, because if a DVT breaks free, it can travel through your bloodstream and to your lungs to cause a pulmonary embolism and block your blood flow. It’s important to know these symptoms of pulmonary embolism and DVT, as they can be serious as well as fatal:
- Dizziness or fainting spells
- A rapid or an irregular heart rate
- Chest pains or chest discomfort
- Trouble breathing
- Coughing up blood
Symptoms of DVT are normally felt in specific areas of the body and can typically include:
- Swelling of the affected area
- Skin that’s warm to the touch
- Pain or tenderness
- Redness of the skin
Minimizing complications of DVT and pulmonary embolism
When you’re flying:
- If you’ve had a DVT in the past, use a blood-thinning medication
- Take breaks during the flight to walk and exercise
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
- Wear properly fitted compression stockings
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Avoid sleeping aids
Exercises while flying:
- Bend and straighten your legs and feet every 30 minutes
- Walk up and down the aisles once every hour, when safe to do so
- Massage your calf muscles frequently
- Only sleep for short periods of time
- Wriggle your toes often
If you have more concerns about DVT and pulmonary embolisms, call the vein specialists at Maryland Vein Professionals today in Sycamore at 877-303-VEIN (8346) to schedule your initial consultation. Or make an appointment online.