View Full Version : Good advice from Dr. Young for those traveling

01-20-2010, 03:35 PM
To help prevent deep vein thromboses (DVTs) on long trips, one needs to exercise their legs (leg and thigh) muscles. The muscles in the legs act as pumps to pump the blood to the heart and keep it flowing throughout the body. The contraction of the leg muscles also keeps the flowing blood from pooling to form DVT's.

Exercising of the leg muscles should occur for at least five minutes for every hour of sitting, during any long trips where one is sitting in the same position. If car trips, stop about every hour and walk around for five minutes; if traveling on a train, bus, or airplane - walk around the aisles for five minutes. This is one of the best, easiest, and cheapest methods to prevent DVTs on long trips.

Thank you,
Dr. Young