In principle, everyone is at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after a long journey and the risk is three times bigger during airplane flights than just being on the ground. Although the risk of thrombosis is small (1 per 5000 travelers), there are groups of people at higher risk. This is true for the elderly, obese and tall people, people with venous thrombosis, certain medications, pregnancy and cancer. According to various studies, long air travel, the travel behavior and the atmosphere in the aircraft considerably increase the risk of thrombosis. Not only flying, even several hours traveling by bus, train or car increases this risk.
In a study by Clarke and Hopewell (Compression stockings for Preventing deep vein thrombosis in airline passengers, 3 APR 2007) demonstrated that wearing travel socks results in a very large reduction in symptoms of DVT among airline passengers who wore travel socks than the ones who did not wear these socks. The passengers who did wear these socks also had less sore and swollen legs (edema) than those who did not travel while wearing travel socks. These conclusions are based on a study of more than 2,800 people, half of which wore travel socks and the other half did not, on a journey of at least 7 hours. It was noticeable that there was a big difference in the number of symptoms of DVT between the two groups, equivalent to a reduction in the risk of tens per thousand passengers to two or three per thousand.
Travel and compression stockings
If you travel by plane, train, bus or car and many hours in a sedentary position, it is advisable to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings stimulate the backflow of blood in the legs to the heart and reduce the chance of the risk of DVT during long trips in small spaces.
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If you are at risk or already having complaints and want to wear compression stockings during travelling, please click here for a product overview.