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A 36-year-old male asked about a 66-year-old male:

what should i do to reduce risk of dvt or pe during very long flights? i have multiple risk factors including heart disease, diabetes, and venous insu

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Dr. Tonda Anderson
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Aspirin, movement: If you're able to take a baby aspirin, those are always great. Also, support/compression stockings might be helpful. Finally, and most important, move your legs! :) tap your toes, pump your legs, etc, at regular intervals. Movement is key.
Dr. Neil Halin
Dr. Neil Halin commented
Radiology 39 years experience
Hydration. Drink lots of fluid during the flight.
Nov 25, 2014
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
DVT airplane: the most useful things to do are to wear a support stocking, and there are specific types of support stockings for diabetics. These work stimulate the venous return back towards the heart and more rapid fashion. Prolonged sitting stagnation in the blood column in the leg. So walking around during airplane travel as possible is also benefit as his drinking water. A baby aspirin may be of benefi

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