Travelling long distances in cars and could put you at risk for deep vein thrombosis (deadly blood clots in the deep veins of the lower legs and thighs), suggest researchers at the Houston Methodist Hospital's heart and vascular center.
Sitting for long duration in cramped spaces can limit circulation in the legs, resulting in the formation of a blood clot. The clot may travel through the blood stream and lodge in the lungs, brain, heart and other areas. This can lead to severe damage to organs and possibly death.
Deep vein thrombosis is easy to prevent. If you’re travelling, make sure you get up and walk around at least every two hours and try not to sleep more than four hours at a time. Also, drink plenty of water or juices, wear loose-fitting clothing, eat light meals and limit alcohol consumption for prevention of deep vein thrombosis. Elderly people and those with circulation problems should wear compression stockings that help prevent clots from forming in the deep veins.
If you are pregnant or have a history of heart disease, cancer or blood clots, you should always consult with your doctor before going on a long trip, advised researchers.
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