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How to Avoid Deep-Vein Thrombosis on Long Flights


New guidelines for travelers published by the American College of Chest Physicians recommend using below-knee compression stockings on long airline flights for people at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis -– but only if travelers have a risk factor for blood clotting. Those risk factors include the use of oral contraceptives, advanced age, pregnancy, severe obesity, limited mobility, recent surgery or trauma and cancer. Because it can be harder for window-seat passengers to get up and move around, the guidelines identify window seats as a risk factor and suggested sitting in an aisle seat is a wise choice for people at risk. The guidelines come from a team of physicians who studied 14 previous DVT research reports from around the world. They found no definitive evidence to support that dehydration and alcohol intake in-flight increase risk, and they recommended against the use of aspirin as a preventive measure. DVT is …

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