Don’t Sit Next to the Window When You Fly

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition where blood clots form in the deep veins…usually of the legs. They become life threatening if they break loose and travel through the circulatory system to the lungs where they become pulmonary embolus.

In The February issue of Chest Journal, The American College of Chest Physicians warn that it is not the class you sit in when you fly as denoted by the term “Economy Class Syndrome”, but the seat. The issue is how much you can move around. If you are next to the window you will probably sit for a longer period of time because you do not want to inconvenience anyone when you want to get up.

    Factors that make you more susceptible to DVT:
  • Those who have had a clot before
  • Those who have an abnormality of their coagulation system
  • Those with a disability that affects mobility
  • Those who are obese
  • Those who have active cancer
  • Those who are elderly
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those who take oral contraceptives (estrogen)Those who underwent surgery or were in an accident
    What you can do to help prevent DVT:
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Get up at least once an hour to exercise the calf muscle
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and avoid alcoholic beverages

Some have recommended taking aspirin, but I would recommend those at high risk of DVT should visit with a physician before they travel for extended periods of time.All this also applies to long haul travel in cars, buses or trains.

Thanks and Happy, Safe Travels,


New Beginnings


January is a great month to pursue new beginnings. Last January we discussed New Year’s resolutions and how not to overwhelm yourself with too many goals. Even if we were not successful last year, we can start from right now. January is a great month to pursue new beginnings. The best place to start is in what we eat. We can start by not getting rid of anything, but by increasing our water, vegetable, and fruit consumption. This will begin your journey to a healthier you. The next natural step is to put on those support stockings or support socks and increase your activity level. Start with attainable goals that fit in your current lifestyle. If the only walking you do is from your car to the grocery store, then park a few spaces further away from the entry. Increase your goals as you reach your objective.

Support Hose Store Struggling with Stockings
Your morning should not have to start like this!

Now the big question is…have you been wearing those compression stockings or compression socks or have they been sitting in you dresser drawer? If they are not on your legs, you are doing yourself a disservice. We’ve all gained a few pounds or lost a little “muscular integrity”, and the support stockings will increase the circulation in your legs and help them feel better while you are increasing your activity.I know they are not easy to get on and some of you say, “I just can’t get them on”. Yes, you can! Our Certified Fitters at Support Hose Plus know the “Secrets of the Best Fitters”! You might want to take a look at Secrets of the Best Fitters in our September 9, 2008 blog entry. If you are still having trouble, please call our Certified Fitters on our toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807 and they will help you walk through the donning techniques!

As Oprah once said,
“Cheers to a New Year & another chance for us to get it right!!”