Summer is here, and with it come vacations. In light of the season’s increased rates of air travel, the American College of Chest Physicians has released guidelines to help travelers reduce their risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, normally in the legs or pelvis. It can be asymptomatic, but might cause swelling or discomfort. It is dangerous because if the clot becomes loose, it may be caught in the blood vessels in the lungs, causing a serious condition called a pulmonary embolism. When DVT leads to pulmonary embolism, it is referred to as venous thromboembolism.
Frequently flying can increase a person’s risk for DVT. The American College of Chest Physicians does not believe that having more in-flight legroom necessarily reduces the risk. It believes that people who have window seats are at higher risk because they are less likely to get up during the flight.
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