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Flying and Blood Clots

by on December 6, 2010 · 2 comments

in Travel Health

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I’m currently on a LAS-JFK flight and while enjoying my red wine and meal, I noticed a pain in my thigh. It feels like a bug bite, but I know I don’t have one, so I started to think “Oh crap, do I have a blood clot in my leg?!”

While I am probably overreacting, I did run across this New York Times article from 2007 that was pretty interesting. While I luckily fly mostly first/business class, I still worry about blood clots, especially because I’m 6’7″ and my legs often cramp. I try my best to walk around, but especially when you are in first class, walking around by the cockpit door is frowned upon.

Do you worry about Deep Vein Thrombosis or blood clots?

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  • Sean

    Yeah, I worry about these sometimes.

    At least once during a transcon and several times across either ocean I will head into the aft galley for what I call “plane yoga”. I have to drop my concerns about how other people see me as I put my head between my knees with my legs as straight as possible then do several lunges. Ankle-holding quad stretchs, overhead elbow pulls, and long lean-backs. This stretching actually makes me feel a lot better during the flight, and I have to believe it is a defense against clots.

  • robin.joshua

    Well, it more depends on the your health. My fitness always recommend me to get a routine check up from your Family doctor, before you go to any flights. So that if there is anything else wrong, then he can provide you the proper medications and suggest the about the food you must take over the journey via flight.

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