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  • Cute Compression Socks for May–Thurner Syndrome (MTS)

    May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS), also known as Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome, is a rare condition that occurs when the left iliac vein is compressed by the right iliac artery. When the artery blocks blood flow, it can lead to the development of blood clots. MTS often affects young women who have given birth and is five times more likely to occur in the left leg than the right. It is rare to have MTS in the right extremity. Symptoms of May-Thurner Syndrome are similar to restless legs, and can also include pain in the thighs, hips or in the lower back, swelling, or the development of varicose veins in the affected area.

    This condition is most often diagnosed after a blood clot forms and the patient is diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). If the blood clots break off, they can travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which is life threatening. DVT symptoms include swelling, pain, warmth in the affected area, redness or discoloration. If you think you may have a blood clot, see your doctor right away to decrease your risk of complications.

    Michelle Dalton Tyree has been diagnosed with Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome. To manage her condition Michelle, must wear compression socks or stockings every day and takes blood thinners to help prevent clotting. She was so excited to hear about cute compression socks like Rejuva, Vim & Vigr and Sockwell! For those who have to wear compression socks to manage medical conditions, we offer fashionable compression socks in a variety of compression levels for both men and women.

    Compression socks help to manage and prevent a variety of ailments, including varicose veins, swelling, fatigue, lymphedema, diabetes, DVT, Dysautonomia and much more. For medical compression socks or more compression options, please see our sister site, BrightLife Direct.

    To hear more about Michelle's story, check out her feature from 89.3KPCC.

     

  • Never Fly Without Compression Socks

    Best travel compression socks

    If you travel a lot (especially on an airplane), it is important to wear compression socks to prevent blood clots and leg fatigue. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), also known as "economy class syndrome", occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in your leg, and is a very serious matter. It can cause leg pain, swelling and can lead to complications like Pulmonary Embolism (PE).

    Frequent fliers must be very careful to avoid blood clots. One of the best ways is to wear compression socks or tights. Generally 15-20mmHg compression is recommended for traveling and everyday wear, but may vary by person. Luckily, compression socks come in tons of colors and patterns, so you can always look stylish anywhere you go. Be careful of "travel socks" - socks that do not say what level of compression they provide. These travel socks often do not provide any compression and will not protect you from blood clots. You often find them in convenience stores or grocery stores, so make sure to read the label, even on the ones at the airport!

    Even if you are a healthy individual, you are still at risk. Professional tennis player, Serena Williams suffered from a life threatening blood clot after a flight from Los Angeles to New York and back. She was diagnosed with PE, which was caused when part of the blood clot broke off and traveled to her lungs. She had to take a step back from her intense training to recover. Long flights increase your risk of a blood clot from sitting for a long period of time, even if you regularly stay active.

    Long periods of immobility and being dehydrated can increase your risk of DVT. Before your flight, make sure you drink lots of water and get some rest. Drinking something with a lot of electrolytes is also a great way to prevent dehydration. You should also try to avoid coffee or soda before your flight. If you are able to stretch or briefly walk around the cabin during the flight, it will also help prevent clotting. If there's room, store your carry-on in the overhead compartment to give you more room to stretch your legs out. Getting an isle seat is ideal to be able to get up and walk around for a few minutes. Lastly, comfort is key. Wear loose clothing so you don't restrict blood flow.

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