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Are there good exercises to do to prevent DVT and pe on long flights?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Move feet, walk

If in economy seats: 1) flex, extend, & evert to both sides your feet several times every hour. Bend each foot at the ankle down, then up, then to the left & right.
This will get the circulation moving in the legs. If in a premium seat, stretch your legs and flex/extend at the knee to move blood in the thigh & knee. 2) if permitted, walk around the cabin too.

In brief: Move feet, walk

If in economy seats: 1) flex, extend, & evert to both sides your feet several times every hour. Bend each foot at the ankle down, then up, then to the left & right.
This will get the circulation moving in the legs. If in a premium seat, stretch your legs and flex/extend at the knee to move blood in the thigh & knee. 2) if permitted, walk around the cabin too.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Foot pump

Trying to keep the venous blood flowing in your legs is a way to reduce possibility of a dvt.
Regularly moving your foot up and down, flexing and extending your knee, and regularly getting up and walking around can help from a mechanical Perspective. It you take an NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or alleve for example, this inhibits platelette function reducing blood clot risk as well.

In brief: Foot pump

Trying to keep the venous blood flowing in your legs is a way to reduce possibility of a dvt.
Regularly moving your foot up and down, flexing and extending your knee, and regularly getting up and walking around can help from a mechanical Perspective. It you take an NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or alleve for example, this inhibits platelette function reducing blood clot risk as well.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Air travel

In brief: Air travel

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Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Use resistance

The exercises that dr. Bansal recommended are excellent.
They work even better if you can do any of them against resistance. Use the support framework of the seat in front of you to push against and you will make your much more effective as a preventative exercise. Walking is great, if possible, and stay well hyhdrated.

In brief: Use resistance

The exercises that dr. Bansal recommended are excellent.
They work even better if you can do any of them against resistance. Use the support framework of the seat in front of you to push against and you will make your much more effective as a preventative exercise. Walking is great, if possible, and stay well hyhdrated.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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