LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL AND VENOUS DISEASE

Travel associated conditions

More and more people are flying long distances and having to remain seated for long periods of time

When movement is constrained, the blood circulation in the legs is restricted. This situation can lead to several common symptoms such as heavy legs, leg pain, swollen feet and ankles. Prolonged sitting is also a major risk factor for development of phlebitis and thrombosis (blood clot formation). Sometimes clots migrate to the lungs. This is called pulmonary embolism which may be lethal.

The discomfort and risk of DVT applies to other types of long distance travel such as car, train or bus. When remaining seated without moving for over 5 hours, the risk of DVT could be four times higher.
Wearing compression stockings is advised as it prevents the occurence of symptoms and swelling and may reduce the risk of developing a more serious condition such as phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.

SIGVARIS medical compression stockings have been proven to prevent symptoms including heavy, tired and achy legs, swelling of feet and ankles.

SIGVARIS Travelers Tips:

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Move your feet and ankles every 15 minutes :10 flexions and 10 circles
  • Take a short walk every two hours
  • Raise your feet
  • Wear SIGVARIS compression stockings as they are the only efficient means to prevent symptoms and swelling

 

PREGNANCY AND VENOUS DISEASE

The hormonal impact

 

Pregnancy is a very special time for woman. The pregnancy hormones and the growing child-bearing uterus have effects on the veins of the mother-to-be. Consequently, one women out of three experiences common symptoms such as heavy, tired, aching legs and swollen feet and ankles. Varicose veins may also develop. They often appear around the fourth month of pregnancy and regress usually after the baby is born. Existing varicose veins tend to get worse during pregnancy.

There are several reasons for these conditions, including the following :

  • increase of blood volume ;
  • loss of tone in the walls of the veins ;
  • pressure increase in the leg veins, caused by the position of the baby ;
  • change of blood consistency increasing the risk of blood clot formation

 

The risks of venous disorders during pregnancy are further increased if the following factors are present :
  • history of venous disease in the family ;
  • pre-existing venous condition ;
  • multiple pregnancies ;
  • prolonged sitting or standing

 

During pregnancy, spider veins and varicose veins may become painful, warm, and take a purple color. Cramps occur more often and are painful.

The risks of complications like phlebitis and trombophlebitis are increased. Venous thrombo-embolism is the most common complication of pregnancy.

The benefits of compression while pregnant

Wearing compression stockings during pregnancy prevents blood pooling in the veins and an increase of the heart rate in the mother and child associated with it. Furthermore, it may reduce the risk of varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis. Compression therapy also reduces the most common symptoms such as swollen feet and ankles, tired and achy legs.

If you discover the benefits of compression stockings during pregnancy, you may realize that after your pregnancy you may want to continue wearing them for improved leg health for years to come.

Consult your doctor about the benefits of compression therapy during pregnancy.

SIGVARIS® is known throughout the world for providing premium quality compression products combining wearing comfort, fashionable looks and a broad selection of products matching different life styles.

 

SIGVARIS Tips:
  • Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
  • Elevate your feet and legs
  • Avoid exposure to hot temperatures (hot baths, saunas, sunbathing)
  • Move, walk, swimm, bike!!
  • Refresh your legs with a cooling shower
  • Wear SIGVARIS medical compression stockings