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Traveller's Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Passengers who travel on long-haul flights, or any long journey where movement is restricted, are at risk of developing small clots in their veins, mainly in the calf. It is probable that a number of these passengers will go on to develop bigger clots and more serious problems.

It is thought that passengers with a pre-existing clotting defect may be more at risk of developing blood clots.
Any passenger with a history of clots or co-existing medical problems such as heart trouble, lung trouble, cancer or a recent operation should consult their own general practitioner before travelling. Your general practitioner can assess whether there is a real risk and advise you appropriately.

Strong graduated compression stockings should be worn throughout the duration of the flight.
Before and during the flight drink plenty of water and avoid excessive consumption of alcohol.
If you can get out of your seat, walk round the aeroplane. When seated move your feet up and down promoting blood flow through the calf muscles.

The combination of graduated compression stockings, plenty of water and exercise should prevent deep vein thrombosis and swollen feet and ankles.

Help! All these treatments! Which is the one for me?

Mr Philip Coleridge Smith DM FRCS
Reader in Surgery, UCL Medical School, London .
Consultant Vascular Surgeon BVI Medical Director
The West London Vein Clinic: Tel 0870 609 2389


 

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