Deep Vein Thrombosis

I will be flying a long haul flight for the first time – over 10 hours – and have read about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurring when you sit for that many hours. I am a little nervous and wanted to take any necessary precautions. Can you provide some advice?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Prolonged sitting or inactivity is always a risk for blood clots such as a DVT – but there are steps that you can take to avoid this risk. Try to move your ankle up and down every hour for at least 5 minutes as this acts as a pump to bring blood back to the heart. In addition, try to get up and walk around the plane every couple hours as this will also increases blood circulation. If you are at risk or overly concerned for a DVT, you can take an aspirin before the flight as this will thin the blood and decrease the risk of clot formation. Additional risks for DVT include smoking, birth control pills and blood disorders. I hope this helps!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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