Many people go on holiday each year and a large number of these go through August. It’s important whilst on holiday to still think about your vein health. Here are some of our top tips to keep your veins healthy for when you’re next on holiday.
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg. One way to reduce the risk of DVT is by keeping active on the flight and while on holiday. Longhaul flights in particular put people at the most risk of DVT due to the lack of movement. When flying try to get up and walk up and down the aisle or do some leg exercises while in your seat. Also don’t forget your compression stockings, we recommend that all adults should wear a pair regardless of the length of the journey.
It’s very easy to relax and lay by the pool all day and soak up the sun however try to remember to get up and go for a walk to keep your legs moving.
When we fail to drink enough water, the composition of our blood changes and becomes more concentrated which can heighten the risk of a clot forming. It’s important when on holiday to stay hydrated to avoid dehydration especially when visiting a hot country.
Top Tip: A great way to help consume more water is by infusing natural flavouring. Some refreshing combinations are lime and mint or strawberries and cucumber!
Watch your alcohol levels
Whilst on holiday it’s easy to have a couple of extra cocktails however alcohol should only be consumed in moderation as too much leads to a loss of fluid from urination and therefore dehydration, which thickens the blood and makes it more prone to clot.
If you are concerned about your vein health and would like to speak to an expert call The Whiteley Clinic on 0330 058 1850 and take advantage of our Summer Special offer. For this month only save £145 on your first & second consultation plus a duplex ultrasound scan!