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Deep Vein Thrombosis




 (Deep Vein Thrombosis)


You are at increased risk of developing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) on flights, trains or long car journeys of four hours or more.

Studies have concluded that airline passengers who wear compression stockings  (14-17 mmHg  are generally sufficient) during flights of four hours or more can significantly reduce their risk of DVT as well as leg swelling (oedema).

DVT occurs when blood flows too slowly through the veins. The blood forms a clot that blocks up deep veins, usually in the legs.

DVT doesn’t generally have any immediate symptoms.  They may not occur for some time after travel making it difficult to spot.  However, typical signs include a swollen or painful calf or thigh, paleness and increased heat around the affected area.

If left untreated, people with DVT are at risk of developing a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition where the blood flow in an artery is blocked by a foreign body, such as a blood clot or an air bubble and then part or all of the blood clot breaks away and travels to the lung, which can be fatal.

While you are travelling on a long-haul flight, train or car journey The Leg-Care Company advises you to:

Wear loose and comfortable clothing


Buy flight socks from The Leg -Care Company   

Do these anti-DVT exercises.

Do it at least every half an hour ( more often if you like).

Walk around whenever you can and drink plenty of water.

Don’t drink alcohol.