Holiday travel often means overbooked flights and passenger traffic – these elements are unavoidable. However, health risks from air travel can be minimized.
The following travel information and tips for reducing your air travel health risks are provided courtesy of Ames Walker, specialists in support hosiery.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
DVT (also known as economy class syndrome) is a serious, potentially fatal condition. It is a blood clot (thrombosis) that forms in the vein system of the lower leg (usually between the ankle and the upper calf). DVT can form from sitting for long periods of time. Symptoms may or may not occur, and might include muscle tension in the leg, a dull ache or sudden pain, a cramp in the calf, and elevated body temperature.
Tips for preventing DVT:
- Avoid alcohol, tea, or coffee during the flight
- Avoid tight clothing around the upper thighs and torso
- Wear compression hosiery to prevent blood pooling in legs
- Walk around the cabin to facilitate blood flow
- Perform in-flight exercises at your seat at least once an hour