Not according to vascular surgeon Richard Evans. Untreated or undiagnosed DVTs (deep vein thrombosis or blood clots) can be life threatening. A DVT is caused by a blood clot blocking part of a vein. If it breaks away it could travel to your lungs, which can be dangerous.

We were recently asked to put together some information for truckies…

What’s the risk?

You’re at risk of getting a DVT from any travel or job where you sit for long periods – hence the interest from the truck drivers – if you’re flying, have had a major operation, have varicose veins or are overweight.

Can you prevent them?

Some things, like ageing, we have no control over but others like maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and eating healthily are within our grasp. That means fewer pies and more fruit and vegetables for truckies. Making sure you wear travel socks and do seat exercises if you’re flying or sitting for long periods, getting up and walking around and drinking water, too, which also means limiting alcohol intake in the air, all help.

How do you know?

You may not always know but if you have pain or swelling, particularly behind your knee, or if you’ve had a DVT before, it would be wise to get it checked.

As well, if you have varicose veins and are planning a trip, book an appointment with us to get checked out.

Call: 0800 45 45 88.