It’s summer and travel is in the air. But, one thing that can stop travelers in their tracks and end summer fun and adventures – DVT. DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis, or blood clots in the deep veins, usually in the calf or thigh muscle.
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DVT can damage the valves in your blood vessels, causing pain and swelling. But, more dangerously, blood clots can break free and travel through the bloodstream and damage major organs – most specifically the heart and lungs. This is a condition known as pulmonary embolism. Blood clots in the deep veins of the thigh muscles are the most frequently affected.
Long distance travel can increase your risk of developing DVT. Blood flows more slowly when sitting immobile for long periods of time in cramped spaces, and gravity makes it more difficult for blood to adequately move around the body. Slow moving blood pooling in the legs increases the possibility of blood clots.
True gradient compression hosiery can be effective in preventing DVT. The pressure created from gradient compression helps to promote blood flow, which in turn will prevent blood from pooling in the legs. Anyone at risk for DVT should consider wearing compression hosiery for any travel, especially lengthy flights or car trips.
Therafirm gradient compression hosiery is a great choice in preventing DVT among travelers. Therafirm offers both casual and more dressy options for both men and women. Mild Support Ribbed Dress Socks for men offer 15-20mmHg of compression and are made with the Micro-Cool process which wicks away moisture for a comfortable coolness. Similarly, Mild Support Ribbed Trouser Socks for women provide true gradient compression for traveling women. Core-Spun everyday socks offer a casual true gradient compression option for both men and women.