Tips for Travel to Help Reduce the Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 15, 2022

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The holiday season is approaching. Many of you will be traveling to visit family and friends. Before you start planning your trip, we want to remind you about the risks of deep vein thrombosis that travel presents. It is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid this complication if you are at risk.

A blood clot can form in your legs while you’re traveling long distances due to the sedentary nature of sitting for extended periods of time. Clots, once formed, can then break away and travel to your lungs, brain, and heart.

Some of the signs of a blood clot to watch for are:

  • Pain or tightness in your legs
  • The skin on your leg or arm is warm to the touch
  • Swelling of the extremity
  • Skin color has a blue or red discoloration to it

Those who spend more than four hours in a day sitting in one position are more prone to experiencing thrombosis.


For optimal blood movement, engage the calf muscles by extending and pointing your feet repeatedly. This stimulates the flow of blood to the heart.

If possible, try to stand or walk as often as possible. If you’re on a long flight, try to get up and go to the restroom. Doing so will help decrease the risk of thrombosis.

If you are not able to stand, bring your knee towards your chest to stimulate the flow of blood in your legs.

If you suspect a clot

If you feel like you have deep vein thrombosis, go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation. Contact Tampa Cardiovascular Associates are available for appointments and can diagnose blood clots and other venous diseases such as varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency. Call today to schedule an appointment at 813-975-2800 or visit us online at


Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 15/11/2022

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