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DVT & REDUCING THE RISK OF DVT DURING YOUR JOURNEY

What is DVT?

A deep vein thrombosis is a clot of blood that forms in the leg veins. If you have DVT, you may suffer from a swollen or painful calf or thigh. Other symptoms may include an increase in skin temperature and skin discolouration (a faint bluey red colour) at the site of the pain.

What causes DVT?

Long periods of inactivity while taking long journeys, whether by plane, train or car, can lead to ‘deep vein thrombosis’. It can be more prevalent on a plane due to the combined effects of cramped conditions and dehydration, both of which occur on long flights.

What can I do to help prevent DVT?

Based on recommendations by the Aviation Health Institute:

Move your feet around, or get up and walk around regularly if you can and avoid dehydration - take regular non-alcoholic drinks.

What must I not do to help prevent DVT?

Based on recommendations by the Aviation Health Institute: