New studies confirm danger of VTE on long flights
This week, Travelvax Australia looks at the results of the review, which travellers are most likely to experience clots and how you can avoid the risk.
A review by the American College of Chest Physicians has confirmed that travel of longer than 8 hours - whether by air or on land - poses a significantly higher risk of getting potentially life-threatening blood clots.
Caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT), clots can break off and travel to the heart and from there to the lungs, causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE). Collectively, DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism or VTE, and it's a danger for anyone who sits for long periods during travel by air, bus, train or car - or even at a desk.
The review of numerous studies into VTE by the American College of Chest Physicians found:
- T he link between air travel and VTE is strongest for flights longer than 9-10 hours
- For every 2 hours over 8 hours, the risk rises a further 18%
- Prolonged travel by road (car or bus) and train could also pose a higher risk of VTE
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