The spring and summer seasons are a great time to get away and visit other places of the world. Taking a trip can help reduce stress, but if you have varicose veins, taking a prolonged trip could be dangerous.
Whether you’re driving around the country or taking a flight across the pond, prolonged sitting can have negative consequences for those with varicose veins due to the lack of circulation.
First off, car and airplane seats don’t offer you much leg room, so you’re stuck in a cramped position with little room to move around. When we’re unable to move, the blood can pool and the risk of a blood clot greatly increases. The biggest danger associated with a blood clot is that it can break off and lodge in another part of the body, like the brain or lung, which can have deadly consequences.
Flying is even worse than driving, since you’re at a high altitude. Cabin pressure can impact blood circulation. Although cabin pressure is intended to ensure that passengers are still receiving blood flow, the body doesn’t absorb as much oxygen up in the sky as it would being on land. This causes circulation to slow down.
To travel safely, there are some tips you can follow to reduce your risk of complications while on your next vacation.
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