Long Flights And How To Avoid Health Risks

In recent years there has been a lot of media attention on the health dangers of long haul flights. But one thing that needs to be pointed out is that these dangers are not going to affect everyone who takes a long flight and in truth, the majority of passengers will never have a problem. But the risks are still present and because of this it makes sense to avoid them if possible. The biggest risk is probably the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT); these clots can move to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism – a life threatening event. The following tips should help you to prevent the dangers which are associated with longer flights.


- One of the common causes of deep vein thrombosis from developing is the fact that people tend to sit in the same position for a long time during long haul flights. The reason for this is because the blood in the body tends to pool and causes clots to develop. Most of the people who develop DVT already have a known blood clotting problem; if you have such a problem you should get advice from your doctor before flying long haul. That said, there have been many cases of people developing DVT even though they were not aware of any problems. The best way to avoid DVT from developing is to make sure that you move about during the flight and avoid long periods of inactivity.


- There are many people who will drink quite a bit of alcohol before they fly. Doing this is dangerous and there are a couple of reasons why. You are more at risk from clots when you spend a long time without activity and drinking too much alcohol can cause the person to pass out into a deep sleep. Another problem is that high altitude mixed with alcohol can lead to poor decision making and the possibility of aggression.


- Wearing loose clothing during a flight is a good idea because it makes it easier to keep your body moving freely.


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