Red Cliffs Medical Centre
How do you prevent blood clots when flying?
Air travel, especially longer than 3-4 hours, increases the risk of a thrombosis (blood clot) in the leg veins. This is a very serious condition which can occur in healthy people at any age. The risk is increased for those with a previous blood clot, recent surgery, the pill, chronic illness and smoking. To reduce your risk:
1. Exercise regularly during the flight. Walk up the aisle every 30 minutes and do leg exercises for 3-4 minutes per hour.
2. Avoid dehydration caused by low cabin humidity. Drink lots of fluids, but avoid excessive tea, coffee and alcohol.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.
Source: Autumn 2001 edition of Your Health Newsletter