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):
By Dr. Stephanie Goodson, a mom, pediatrician and recent world traveler
The Goodson family sports University of Michigan Pediatrics gear in Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world! Dr. Goodson has some useful family travel tips after this journey to Dubai.
My family was so excited about our upcoming trip around the world to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. That area of the world has so much history and a culture that is very different from our family here in Michigan, it made us all enthusiastic and just a little bit nervous about this trip. But, hey, my kids have been well travelled around the States on typical American vacations. We’ve gone to see grandparents in Texas, Disney world, and all the way to California both by air and car. I figured we’d be fine, right? Soon enough, the idea of 17-hour flight, customs, language barriers, water safety, and food preferences all became a bit daunting. However, with a little planning, lots of discussions on expectations and plenty of patience, we had one of the most enjoyable, educational and memorable trips ever. When we went to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the views were breathtaking. But even better, we hear in foreign accent from across the observatory recognition of our coordinating shirts: “Go Blue!”
Read these tips to keep in mind when planning a trip with your children, whether your destination is as close as Lansing or as far as Asia! Continue reading →
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