How to prevent Blood Clots in the Leg on Long Distance
Leg Blood Clots
Long Trips can be dangerous to your health, according to UK Department
of Transportation. Prolonged immobility can hasten the formation of
blood clots. The study investigated air travel incidences and found one
DVT (deep vein thrombosis) case in 6000 journeys that lasted four hours
The report said that these clots are more common in people that stay in
the hospital than people that travel. Forbes reports UK transportation
minister Karen Buch said the “research project has shown that DVT can
occur in any form of travel where people remain seated for a long
time”. Long trips in the car can be just as dangerous.
The longer the journey the more likely an embolism will develop.
Pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing a leg blood clot.
Also, older people, those with a hereditary blood condition, tall people
and women using contraceptive pills are more likely to develop DVT.
The participants in the study were all of “working age”. According to
the Times Online "Every year, DVT occurs in about 1-3 per 1,000 people
in the general population, ranging from fewer than 1 in 3,000 in people
under the age of 40 up to 1 in 500 in those over 80. In all incidences
of DVT, travel related or otherwise, only 1 per cent of cases prove to
To avoid an embolism it is important to take breaks from sitting.
Experts recommend moving your feet around and get up and walk around as
much as possible. Drink a reasonable amount of water or non-alcoholic
beverage to avoid dehydration.
Funding for the project was provided by the Department for Transport,
the Department of Health and the European Commission, and carried out by
a consortium of medical research scientists under the auspices of the
World Health Organization.
By Dan Wilson
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