Whether you travel by car, bus, train or plane, sitting for more than four hours can increase the risk for blood clots. Blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), may become a serious health concern if the blood clot, which forms in the deep veins of your legs, travels to the lungs causing a blockage known as Pulmonary Embolism (PE).

Some of the risk factors are:

  • Older age (over 40)
  • Obesity
  • Recent surgery (3 months)
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy or estrogen-containing contraceptives
  • Varicose veins
  • Recent surgery or injury

Learn the symptoms.

NOTE: PE can be life-threatening. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain or a cough that produces bloody sputum.

  • Swelling of leg or arm
  • Pain or tenderness you can’t explain
  • Skin that is warm to the touch, or redness

Reduce your risk.

  • Be alert to signs and symptoms of blood clots.
  • Move your legs frequently when on long trips and exercise your calf muscles to improve the flow of blood. Take breaks often; get up and stretch your legs.
  • Avoid wearing constrictive clothing; consider wearing compression stockings
  • Avoid alcohol and increase water consumption.

Remember, if you plan on traveling, talk with your doctor to learn what you can do to protect your health, especially if you have cardiac disease. Follow your doctor’s recommendations on medication use.

Mahalo,
Pani Shoja, MD
Urgent Care Hawaii
Medical Director


About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

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