Flight Risk: Tips For Preventing DVT While Traveling

businessman on airplaneIf your passport has more stamps than the post office, you’re probably a travel pro who understands that long flights are just part of the journey to a beautiful destination. Although being able to sit for an extended amount of time is an acquired skill, it does come with some risks no matter how much of an experienced traveler you are, one of those being deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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The first reported case of travel-related DVT happened in 1954 when a doctor developed a blood clot after a 14-hour flight.  DVT happens when blood flows too slowly through the veins, eventually forming a blood clot deep in the veins (hence the name). These clots typically form in the legs and are life threatening. If left untreated, you can develop a pulmonary embolism, which happens when the blood clot breaks away and travels to the lung.