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Sep 18, 2013

Baby Boomer Travel Tips and Gadgets

Travel Tips and Gadgets for Baby Boomers

Getaways such as international cruises, golfing vacations in the summer, skiing in the winter and leisure trips to Hawaii are awesome. However, they come with some dangers, especially air travel to destinations such as Hawaii. Flight to Hawaii is about 10 hour long. Deep vein thrombosis is caused by seating in the same spot for extended period of time, this is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein deep beneath the skin, typically in the leg or pelvic area.

Travel Boom Sparks Blood Clot Warning

Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis include:
Sitting for longer than 6 to 8 hours, such as during a trip in a car or plane.
Having limited mobility due to a medical issue, surgery, or paralysis.
Having an injured vein from a bone fracture, severe muscle injury, trauma, or major surgery (especially involving the abdomen, pelvis, hip, or legs).
Having a tube placed in a vein for medication or other treatment, such as a central venous catheter.
Having heart failure or cancer in the abdomen.
Being pregnant, taking birth-control pills, or taking prescription hormones for menopause symptoms.
Having a family history of clots.
Being overweight or obese, having high blood pressure, or being a smoker.
Having certain genetic or inherited blood-clotting disorders, such as Factor V Leiden.

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Best way to protect yourself is to try to prevent DVT by following a healthy lifestyle, including exercising regularly, losing excess weight, and not smoking. Drinking plenty of water on the plane is important to make sure you have good circulation. You can get water from the beverage cup and you should do that at frequent intervals. Moving around, whenever it is safe to do so, is also important on a long trip. If you're trapped in a window seat and can't get the snoring person beside you to move, stretch in your seat. Pedal your feet up and down to stretch your calves, and raise your hands above your head. Keeping the blood flowing will make you feel less stiff later on, and can also help prevent deep vein thrombosis.

What tips do you have for prolonged trips? Let us know below

Circulator Compression Socks
This wearable travel accessory enhance circulation in your legs when sitting for extended period of time. They're tight in the right places to increase blood flow, reducing your risk

A new device, Geko by UK based Sky Medical, 
is a wristwatch sized product that stimulates the peroneal nerve via electrical signals leading to muscle activation of the lower limb, that has shown evidence of increased blood-flow in the femoral vein. Preventing venous stasis can potentially lead to less clot formation.

Sound-off: What gadgets do you bring along for a long flight? Let us know below


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