Magazine article Work & Family Life

Smart Tips for Travelers on Long Flights

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Smart Tips for Travelers on Long Flights

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Q My husband was hospitalized in Mexico City with a blood clot in his leg after a long flight. He's OK now but you might like to remind your readers how to avoid this painful, possibly dangerous illness. -S.W., Athens, GA

A The condition called deep-vein thrombosis, or D.V.T., often follows a long plane trip. The World Health Organization reports that the risk is greatest for people with health conditions that promote clotting but can also happen to people with no medical risk factors, as well as to passengers in all classes. Blood clots arc most likely to form within two weeks of a flight. The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis urges all passengers on flights of six hours or more to do the following:

Avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of water and little or no alcohol.

Wear loose-fitting clothes to avoid constricting blood vessels.

Walk around the cabin whenever possible and do simple exercises in your seat to increase blood circulation. One is to move your feet up and down as if you're pumping a gas pedal.

People at moderate risk are also encouraged to wear compression stockings that help increase blood circulation. …

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