How to avoid Blood Clots when traveling long hours.

Avoiding Blood Clots when Traveling


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Blood clots have been the focus of many posts and articles over the last few years and the concern isn’t new -it’s just newly discussed.  The risk of having a blood clot form while you are on a long flight is a reality that can and does happen.

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition in which blood clots form in the legs and can lead to death if those clots reach the heart.  This is a valid concern for those that travel long hours on a plane as people are confined for hours in a seat and are unable to move their legs to get better circulation. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis

The myth that booking economy plus seats or sitting in Business or First class will solve the problem of blood clots when traveling is untrue.  The space you have to strech your legs isn’t as important as getting up and moving about the aircraft.

The best way to make sure you stay healthy is to get up and move.  Take a trip to the bathroom, walk up the aisle, take a connecting flight to allow you to take a break from sitting in a cramped space for hours on end.

Some of these methods may not be possible when flight crews are passing out drinks or when you are sitting in the window seat, but they are the best way to keep you healthy and avoid blood clots when traveling long hours.

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