For many, this time of year means spring travel is on the agenda. Those with varicose veins — both men and women — should know that they are at a slightly higher risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during a long flight or ride.
Even if you don’t have varicose veins, do you know the risks of DVT during travel? Here are tips for anyone flying or traveling for long periods of time (4 or more hours):
Wear compression stockings.
Get up and move about whenever possible.
Periodically pump your legs up and down while seated.
Drink lots of fluids and wear loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict blood flow.
Try not to cross your legs for extended periods of time.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages during travel.
Taking an aspirin before traveling may be helpful travel.
Take the next step:
If you plan to travel and have concerns about your risks of getting a blood clot, be sure to talk with your doctor or a healthcare professional.
Dr. Thomas Wakefield has been the head of the Vascular Surgery service at the University of Michigan since 2004. He is an honors graduate of the University of Toledo and received his MD from the Medical College of Ohio in 1978. He completed his general surgery residency at U-M in 1984, completed a vascular surgery fellowship at U-M in 1986, and is presently the S. Martin Lindenauer Professor of Surgery in the Section of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, U-M. His clinical interests include a special emphasis on venous disease and coagulation issues.
The University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit our website at umcvc.org.
Our darling daughter, Lilliann June, was nine days past her due date when she was born on September 25, 2013. It was a long labor — 48 hours — but well worth the wait. While we were in the hospital, Ryan noticed that her left eye was red. The pediatrician wasn’t alarmed, but had the hospital’s ophthalmologist take a look. He mentioned that she may have an issue with cataracts and glaucoma. We’d only heard those words used for older people, so we didn’t pay too much attention, until we were referred to another ophthalmologist for further examination.
March is National Nutrition Month, so what better time to take stock of what you’re eating — and not eating. Finding out the nutritional value and calories of your favorites foods, along with healthier alternatives and delicious, healthy recipes, has never been easier. These smartphone nutrition apps are designed to help you make healthy food choices, which leads to improved heart health.
Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Features: Gives nutritional content of thousands of foods, allows entry of weight and exercise regimens. Features a food diary, weight chart, and barcode scanner for nutrition labels. (Doesn’t do the math for you or create charts or spreadsheets.)
Seems like the minute you discover you are pregnant, people start reminding you that you are eating for two and to take it easy. While decades ago that was the advice given to women (and is still what many of those around you may be saying), research has shown that a healthy diet, appropriate weight gain and staying active during pregnancy is the best approach for both you and your baby.
Guidelines for how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy were most recently updated in 2009. Continue reading →
Your alarm clock and your body clock CAN be in sync for Daylight Saving Time
It’s that time of year again – time to ‘spring forward’ with our clocks even though there’s still snow on the ground.
Time to lose an hour of precious sleep that most of us can’t afford.
Time for a super-groggy Monday morning.
Or is it? U-M sleep specialist Cathy Goldstein, M.D., says you don’t have to suffer – if you pay attention to your body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm, and adjust it starting a few days ahead of the clock change. She’s a sleep neurologist at the U-M Sleep Disorders Center.
We’re all prone to the uncomfortable feeling that arises when a doctor mentions screening for colon or rectal cancers. Despite the unease surrounding this topic, it’s time to stop avoiding the colonoscopy and get screened! There are often no symptoms with colorectal cancer. You can’t feel a polyp, and very rarely will you see visible blood. For this reason, screening is the most effective way to be protected.
According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths in both men and women. Further, it is currently the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. That is why doctors recommend screenings, even though they may be embarrassing to discuss.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum, most often as a polyp, or a small piece of tissue that protrudes from the inner wall. Screenings help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they progress. Everyone needs screening because we are all at risk for colon cancer. If everyone got screened we could prevent up to 90% of colorectal cancers. Continue reading →