Get up and move around when traveling. Walk around the cabin of the plane, walk the aisles of a bus or train, and take frequent rest stops when traveling by car to get out and walk around for several minutes.
If you cannot get up to walk, exercise your calf muscles and flex your ankles to improve blood flow.
Always wear compression stockings when traveling.
Drink lots of fluids.
Wear loose-fitting clothing.
Avoid drinking alcohol.
If you would like more information about your risk for blood clots, call The Vein Specialists at 309-862-4000 to schedule a consultation with one of their physicians, or request an appointment online at www.ILveins.com. They have convenient locations in Bloomington, Eureka, Peru, Springfield, and Streator.