Flying and Blood Clots

Dec 7, 2010

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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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