Sure, sex is cool, but have you ever worn compression socks on a long haul flight to avoid getting DVT? In light of Luke Perry’s untimely death by stroke, the article written by the incomparable @KaraSwisher about the stroke she suffered after a long haul flight & my upcoming trip to Australia/New Zealand, let’s take a moment to appreciate this (not) chic, (not) sexy, but oh-so-vital garment.
DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis & is the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs that occurs from lack of movement, like sitting for long periods of time on say, a flight. If a blood clot forms & subsequently breaks free, moves through your bloodstream & gets stuck near your lung, it’s called a pulmonary embolism, or P.E. for short. A P.E. can cause a stroke & be fatal. Fun! Minimal or no movement makes it hard for your blood to circulate. This is why you must get up, strut down the aisle, stretch those legs & wear these sweet socks on a long haul flight.
Compression socks are snug-fitting, stretchy & super sexy. They work by gently squeezing the leg, are designed to help increase blood circulation & prevent blood clots from forming. Because the socks aid the movement of blood, it’s harder for it to pool in your veins and make a clot. Groovy.
They also come in a variety of lengths: knee high, over the knee and tights.
I procured these life saving beauties on Amazon for $20.