Prevent DVT On Long Flights | Exercises To Prevent DVT | DVT Flight Socks | Reduce DVT Risk (2018)

ok, interesting fact over 300 million people travel on long-distance flights every year now that's a flight that's generally over four hours long blood clots are also called deep vein thrombosis or DVT for short and it can be a serious risk for some long-distance travelers now in this week's

video I've done some research into the best ways to help reduce your risk of developing a DVT whilst traveling so let's begin so a DVT is a clot that forms in a deep vein and it's usually in the leg serious health problems can occur from DVTs so what

can happen is parts of blood clot can break off travel to the lungs and cause a blockage which we call a pulmonary embolism the risk of developing a DVT from travel is quite small though and research shows there's 1 DVT per 4656 flights that last four hours or

more and the good news is there's loads of things that you can do to help reduce your risk so let's begin firstly compression stockings now these are probably the easiest things you can wear to help reduce your risk of a DVT theyalso help reduce swelling in your ankles

and your legs and we call that an oedemain the medical world now the compression stocking that you need is the class onestocking and class basically means how much pressure it puts on your leg classone has the least pressure so it's the easiest to wear really and it'ssufficient it's

good at what it does it's fine and it helps to prevent a DVTthe length that you need is below knee okay there's a thigh length one as well butit's really long and you don't really need to wear it below kneeclass one the most important thing about these stockings

is that they fitcorrectly and you wear them properly okay, in terms ofwearing them read the box read the information leaflet that comes with iton how to wear them so you're doing it right but in terms of fitting properlyI'd highly recommend everyone to visit their local pharmacy so they

can measureyour legs for you and pick the right size that's suitable for you now theymight not have it in stock they might have to order it in but it's definitelyworth it because if it doesn't fit right it's notgonna work and it's a waste of money remember though compression

stockingsdon't replace the fact that you still need to remain active and do thingswhilst you're on the flight now let's move on to those go for a walk up anddown the aisles every hour or so when the seat belt signs are switched off ifyou can do it more often

that's even better every half hour or soyou can do these mini exercises while seated foot pumps lifts toes withfeet on the floor then lift your heels and continue doing this for 30 secondsknee lifts lift your legs to your chest with your knees bent alternate your legsand repeat 20

to 30 times ankle circles lift your feet and draw a circlewith your toes towards then away from each otherfor 30 seconds drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and don't drink toomuch alcohol either as it can dehydrate you and cause immobility my last tip isto wear loose comfortable

clothes whilst traveling so basically don't wear what I'mwearing and also avoid taking sleeping tablets because if you're asleep for thewhole flight you're not going to be able to exercise you're not going to beable to stay hydrated and it's not going to help you prevent having a DVT and

that's it you now know how to reduce your risk of getting a DVT whilsttraveling long journeys and if you have any tips for everyone else on how toreduce their risk of getting a DVT as well then leave a comment belowI'd love to read it as well it's also

worth mentioning that certain medicalconditions can increase your chances of developing a DVT on long flights ofeight hours or more so I've left the full list in the description below checkit out and if you or someone in your family falls into those groups then it'sreally important to speak to

your GP before you travel lastly and I promise this isthe last point it's also really important and useful to know thesymptoms of DVT and pulmonary embolism so I've left them in the descriptionbelow please read it and that's it finished have a great flight hey guysthanks for watching this

week's video make sure to click that like follow orsubscribe button now to stay up to date with new weekly videosI picked the black stockings because that's my favourite colour thought blackstockings would be a bit cooler but there's many different colours you canget beige you can get sand “Can

you see me in that?” We can see you in it Lewis “Is it that wide?” you're there “I'm wanting to walk past that's all” you can go mate you can go (LAUGHTER) now thecompression stockings that you need (LAUGHTER) do you wear your stockings “I always have my stockings

on, can't leave the house without them” good good