Walk to make air travel safer
Long flights boost your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and potentially life-threatening blood clots. Vonda Wright, MD, shares 6 steps to prevent DVT and enjoy a journey.
You have your boarding pass and passport, but before you claim a seat in the waiting area, take a walk.
Hi I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. Long flights, cramped seats, and age are all risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT.
That's a blood clot in a deep vein. Now, there's no proof that walking around prevents DVT,
but it can't hurt. Neither can doing those anti-clotting, plane seat exercises found in many in-flight magazines.
And if you're over 40, and your flight time is longer than 4 hours, you should stroll the plane aisles
every couple of hours. Why? When you're immobile, blood flow slows and clots may form.
That can cause scary problems if say, a clot breaks loose and gets into your lungs. Here are other common sense tips before you board.
Drink water to stay hydrated. Skip alcohol if possible. Definitely, don't have more than one.
Wear compression stockings, and lastly, relax.
Stress can encourage blood clots. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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