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Doctor insights on: Why Is It That Women Are More Likely To Get Blood Clots On An Airplane Then Men

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Why is it that women are more likely to get blood clots on an airplane then men?

Why is it that women are more likely to get blood clots on an airplane then men?

The real issue: As dr. Mahajan said, hormones can increase risk but the real issue on a long flight is movement. If you are on a long flight and don't move, you have an increased risk of getting a blood clot, whether you are male or female. Wearing graduated compression stockings (not teds) can help but the most important thing you can do on a long flight to decrease you chance of getting a clot is to move. ...Read more

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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


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What is the maximum flight duration can a pregnant woman in 33 weeks travel in airplane to avoid blood clots ?

What is the maximum flight duration can a pregnant woman in 33 weeks travel in airplane to avoid blood clots ?

Blood clots: Clearly the longer the flight the greater the risk. There is no study on flight duration and risk - its all got to do with pressures, position, hydration. ...Read more

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How dangerous are blood clots in the lung after an airplane flight?

How dangerous are blood clots in the lung after an airplane flight?

Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! ...Read more

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If you have venous insufficiency does that mean you are more likely to get blood clots ? Like a DVT ?

If you have venous insufficiency does that mean you are more likely to get blood clots ? Like a DVT ?

Yes: venous insufficiency means the blood does not keep moving in your veins towards the heart (veins have valves that prevent the blood from going backward). Clotting inside our blood vessels happens under 3 circumstances: 1) slow blood movement or velocity 2) abnormal blood composition like abnormal cell, toxins etc 3) roughened inner surface (called: intima) of the blood vessel like in people with a ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to get blood clots w/ positive antibodies ahpo in systemic lupus?

How likely is it for someone to get blood clots w/ positive antibodies ahpo in systemic lupus?

See below: It is estimated that 30 to 50% of lupus patients will have antiphospholipid antibodies---these manifest in variety ways such as migraines, miscarriages, strokes, and clots. Your odds are significantly highly for clots to occur if you smoke, physically inactive such as after surgery, or have glomerulonephritis. However; clots can occur randomly as well. ...Read more

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I am a 29 yr old female with hemorrhagic cysts, with small blood clots around themovarian cancer. What can I do to get better?

I am a 29 yr old female with hemorrhagic cysts, with small blood clots around themovarian cancer. What can I do to get better?

Please clarify: Many women of childbearing age have blood-containing cysts in the ovary, with various causes. If someone has said "cancer", this is something that will require immediate verification and treatment with your physician. You have a right to an exact diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera. Is it ok for me to wear extremely tight jeans or am i more likely going to get DVT or blood clots?

I have polycythemia vera. Is it ok for me to wear extremely tight jeans or am i more likely going to get DVT or blood clots?

Probably OK: It is unlikely that jeans can ever create the degree of compression needed to affect circulation, and we in fact use compression to help treat patients with dvt. ...Read more

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I went in for birthcontrol and my doctor put me on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol). I'm very worried about blood clots, is it likely I'll get them? How can I prevent them?

I went in for birthcontrol and my doctor put me on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol). I'm very worried about blood clots, is it likely I'll get them? How can I prevent them?

Estrogen: Estrogen increases the risk of blood clots but, unless u have an underlying medical problem that predisposes u to clots, your baseline risk at 18 is extremely small and even doubling it the risk remains very small.To decrease the risk even more avoid tobacco use, stay well hydrated, and move around ( being sedentary increases the risk).Pregnancy is an increased estrogen state and increases risk 2 ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid a blood clot in the leg on an airplane?

What can I do to avoid a blood clot in the leg on an airplane?

Avoid stasis: Veins return blood from the legs to the heart. Gravity causes pooling of blood in the legs. Contraction of the calf muscles pumps the blood thru the veins. Flexing your calf muscles while sitting in your seat helps. Standing up and walking also helps. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in my left thigh from a long airplane flight and was prescribed 4 mg. of warfarin today. Can I start walking 4 miles a day?

I have a blood clot in my left thigh from a long airplane flight and was prescribed 4 mg. of warfarin today.   Can I start walking 4 miles a day?

Soon: After the symptoms and swelling have subsided, studies have shown that walking is a good thing and does not increase the risk of the clot traveling to your lung. It also seemed to help patients recover sooner. I would not start at four miles a day, but gradually work up to that level. ...Read more

Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


Male (Definition)

Male refers to the masculine gender, those people ...Read more