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Avoiding DVT During Travel

Long-distance travelers can take heart in new guidelines issued by the American College of Chest Physicians. The expert panel suggests that “traveling in economy class does not increase your risk for developing a blood clot.” Blood clots deep in the veins of the legs are called deep vein thrombosis or DVT for short. They can travel to the lungs and cause life threatening pulmonary embolism.
Although the new guidelines say that long-distance economy class flights do not pose a risk, immobility does. So, travelers are urged to get up regularly and walk around. Window seats should be avoided because they make it harder to get up frequently and stretch legs. Compression stockings may also be helpful.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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