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I will be sleeping on a plane for 6 hours. How can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?

I will be sleeping on a plane for 6 hours. How can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?

Stay Hydrated: I would also recommend that you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when you fly. Dehydration can increase the lieklyhood of developing a DVT when you fly. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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How long should I wear compression socks while on an airplane. I am 73 years old with a history of deep vein thrombosis.?

How long should I wear compression socks while on an airplane. I am 73 years old with a history of deep vein thrombosis.?

Two years: After any DVT the recommendation is to wear a compression stocking 30-40 mmhg for two years. I think for your age and medical history of DVT , you should always wear the compression stocking for any kind of travel for more than an hour for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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What can I do if my boyfriend has subdural hematoma. Can he fly in a plane for 17 hours?

What can I do if my boyfriend has subdural hematoma. Can he fly in a plane for 17 hours?

Depends: Is it large? Did he suffer trauma? When did it occur? How is he clinically? These are important to know. ...Read more

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I am a flight attendant and had a craniotomy to remove an epidural hematoma. How long before i can fly again? How will pressurization affect my head?

I am a flight attendant and had a craniotomy to remove an epidural hematoma.  How long before i can fly again? How will pressurization affect my head?

Usually a month: Though there is no absolute correct answer, but generally a month should be safe in many situations. Your neurosurgeon is the only one who can tell you the best answer for your particular situation. Note that if there neurological problems from having the epidural bleed, the length of time out of work could be longer. ...Read more

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I got pain on both legs that dont let me sleep for about 2 weeks now,no bruising or red,im a 24yrold male,can it be deep vein thrombosis? Help asap :(

I got pain on both legs that dont let me sleep for about 2 weeks now,no bruising or red,im a 24yrold male,can it be deep vein thrombosis? Help asap :(

Mgt: It is possible , but it is usually on one side, unless there are risk factors such as a coagulation disorder. Other considerations include muscular inflammatory conditions. Is there weakness as well? Shortness of breath? ...Read more

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I'm terrified the pill is going to give me thread veins and deep vein thrombosis, how can I prevent this?

I'm terrified the pill is going to give me thread veins and deep vein thrombosis, how can I prevent this?

Oral BCP AND DVT: There is a correlation between taking oral BCP'S and both the development of DVT and spider veins.Other factors include family history, weight and fitness level. There is no fool proof way to guarantee that you will not develop either spider veins or DVT, however,the risk of DVT is low. If you stay fit, keep the weight down and see your physician for any vein problems you will keep the risk low. ...Read more

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Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented? .

Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented?

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Virchow's triad: The tummy tuck itself does not cause the clot but the stasis ( lack of movement) associated with being still under general anesthesia or in the post-operative period. To minimize this using foot pumps during surgery with compression stocking as well as encouraging movement after surgery is prescribed. Blood thinners may be used for high risk patients but not typically advised. ...Read more

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Could i get deep venous thrombosis from sitting down for long hours?

Could i get deep venous thrombosis from sitting down for long hours?

Thrombosis: Typically deep venous clotting is associated with sitting for hours such as in a plane, bus or car. This is why we advise folks to get up and move at least every hour to two when sitting for long periods. ...Read more

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If I usually sleep through flights, is there anyway to prevent the problems I have with ear pain on these long flights?

If I usually sleep through flights, is there anyway to prevent the problems I have with ear pain on these long flights?

Awaken for landing: The ear issue on flights occurs when the pressurized plane begins to descend to ground level. Air was pushed out of your middle ear space at high altitude balancing the altitude change on your system. As you return to ground level, you need to be awake to yawn, chew gum or otherwise straighten your eustacian tube so air can re-enter your middle ear & equalize the changing pressure.Pain should stop. ...Read more

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Will I have more chances of having deep vein thrombosis if I fly in planes often?

Will I have more chances of having deep vein thrombosis if I fly in planes often?

Dvt: Airline travel poses the risk of dvt due to inactivity and prolonged sitting Use of compression stockings helps prevent blood pooling and should be used to airplane travel Perhaps a baby aspirin prior to flight would als be protective ...Read more

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Back of my knee hurts everytime i travel long hours sitting in a bus, can you tell me what can be the. Reason and remedy?

Back of my knee hurts everytime i travel long hours sitting in a bus, can you tell me what can be the. Reason and remedy?

Not sure but..: One possible explanation is blood clots. These can form in the legs if people are traveling by bus or plane and sitting without moving for extended periods of time. Of course, it could also be muscle/skeletal discomfort due to position. Blood clots are more common in one leg and can also have leg swelling, redness, a 'cord' that can be felt behind the knee. ...Read more

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I will be traveling by plane soon, and I will be 28 weeks pregnant do you recommend compression socks for the trip? It's only a 3hrs flight. 26yrs old

I will be traveling by plane soon, and I will be 28 weeks pregnant do you recommend compression socks for the trip? It's only a 3hrs flight. 26yrs old

No compression socks: Compression socks are generally a pain: to get on, to wear for a period of time, and then to get off. For a three hour flight, using compression socks is not necessary. Try and do some of the exercises listed in the in flight magazine, or at least get up to walk once during the flight (I'm sure you'll need to use the bathroom :) ). Of course I am assuming you have no history of a blood clot. ...Read more

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Deep vein thrombosis with blood clot in leg vein in pregnancy. How long do I need to take medicine for it?

Deep vein thrombosis with blood clot in leg vein in pregnancy. How long do I need to take medicine for it?

3 months: I would recommend that you are treated for a minimum of 3 months post pregnancy with anti-coagulation. You should also wear your compression stockings for 2 to 3 years. This can decrease your risk of developing post thrombotic syndrome which is when the valves in the deep veins do not work and you have chronic swelling and pain. ...Read more

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Can I get a DVT if I take anticoagulants on a long flight?

Can I get a DVT if I take anticoagulants on a long flight?

Unlikely: If you are taking prophylactic doses of low molecular weight Heparin or therapeutic doses of oral anticoagulants, the risk of deep vein thrombosis is close to zero. ...Read more

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Ear is a bit clogged. Going on plane for 11 hours, and want to do micro suction. How much time should I leave before micro suction after flight?

Ear is a bit clogged.  Going on plane for 11 hours, and want to do micro suction.  How much time should I leave before micro suction after flight?

Clogged ear: It doesn't matter, De wax or de clogg your ears before the flight as change in altitude can cause further pressure. ...Read more

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I have a DVT in right thigh area im on ckexane injections i will be on anticiagulants for life. Am i safe to walk swim etc or should I rest leg?

I have a DVT in right thigh area im on ckexane injections  i will be on anticiagulants for life. Am i safe to walk swim etc or should I rest leg?

Swim: Best answer is to have the swelling go away, wear stockings if necessary. Elevate foot of bed so swelling is down in am, put on stockings. Walking is ok if mild swelling. Swimming is good if no ulcers or skin lesions. ...Read more

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How can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if i had a deep vein thrombosis?

How can I best prevent pulmonary embolism if i had a deep vein thrombosis?

Need to discuss: This with your doctor. You need to be on blood thinner for at least 6 months. Also have your blood checked to see if it is too thick. Some patients also need an ivc filter ( see radiologyinfo.Org). ...Read more

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Could my body clock ever get used to 6 hours sleep and how long would it take?

Could my body clock ever get used to 6 hours sleep and how long would it take?

Possibly: Everyone is different regarding their sleep needs and patterns. It is possible that you might be able to adapt to such a schedue. On the other hand, you may be too fatigued and never be able to do so. Normally, people need 7-8 hours for restorative sleep. You may be different. You will know. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more