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Are compression stockings enough to prevent a DVT when you fly?

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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Air travel

This is the main thing to do as it forces vein blood flow out more rapidly preventing blood pooling Other things to do include drinking fluid and perhaps a baby aspirin

In brief: Air travel

This is the main thing to do as it forces vein blood flow out more rapidly preventing blood pooling Other things to do include drinking fluid and perhaps a baby aspirin
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. David Fertel
also avoid alcohol and get up and walk around often.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
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In brief: Yes Plus!

I advise patients to do several things when they fly or drive for greater than 2 hours.
Wear knee length compression stockings 20-30mmhg. Get up and move around every 2-3h hours to exercise the calf muscles to increase the calf muscle pump and improve the venous return and i also advise taking a baby Aspirin the night before the trip and day of the trip so adequate levels are present.

In brief: Yes Plus!

I advise patients to do several things when they fly or drive for greater than 2 hours.
Wear knee length compression stockings 20-30mmhg. Get up and move around every 2-3h hours to exercise the calf muscles to increase the calf muscle pump and improve the venous return and i also advise taking a baby Aspirin the night before the trip and day of the trip so adequate levels are present.
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Possibly

It's certainly something you can do.
You should also get out of your seat and walk around. Although their is no proof, taking a baby Aspirin before flying couldn't hurt either.

In brief: Possibly

It's certainly something you can do.
You should also get out of your seat and walk around. Although their is no proof, taking a baby Aspirin before flying couldn't hurt either.
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Maybe

Walking is probably more helpful than wearing stockings.
If you can't walk around, then flexing your feet and ankles against resistance is nearly as good. Drink lots of liquids and don't drink too much alcohol. Like dr. Gold said, a baby Aspirin might also help.

In brief: Maybe

Walking is probably more helpful than wearing stockings.
If you can't walk around, then flexing your feet and ankles against resistance is nearly as good. Drink lots of liquids and don't drink too much alcohol. Like dr. Gold said, a baby Aspirin might also help.
Dr. Ted King
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