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Old Apr 30th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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My doctor advised me to take an aspirin before flying every time. I am 42 years old. But apparently if you are on the pill, you have higher chances of clotting, so she suggested it as a precaution.
 
Old Apr 30th, 2002, 03:06 PM
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We are flying from SFO to London the end of August on Air Canada. My husband had surgery for clot on his leg in Feb. We were able to get bulkhead seats so we will have leg room. Couldn't get an upgrade with out miles. He is on Coumadin.
 
Old Apr 30th, 2002, 03:45 PM
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We need more of these dinner time stories, TTT, please
 
Old Apr 30th, 2002, 03:54 PM
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Remember the main cause of Deep Vein Thrombosis comes from setting for a long period of time, so you have to get up and walk around some. You can have the same problem from a long auto trip.
 
Old Apr 30th, 2002, 04:17 PM
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Good point, Bob and one that our local TV MD, Dean Edell, makes often. He reports the incidence of clots on airplanes is no higher than that of sitting anywhere for a long period of time. This could occur at your desk at work or even at home posting on Fodors!
 
Old May 8th, 2002, 06:07 PM
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pay attention
 
Old Dec 21st, 2002, 09:03 AM
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UPDATE on this deep vein thrombosis issue with a British court ruling,
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/12/20/uk.dvt/index.html
 
Old Dec 21st, 2002, 03:06 PM
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If you cannot get up and walk around due to turbulence or whatever, it is recommended that you flex your ankles by pointing your toes down, then straight up at a 90 degree angle. This forces circulation into your lower leg. Remove your shoes and just be in stocking feet.
 
Old Dec 21st, 2002, 05:43 PM
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Tom,
DVT is associated with still life. It normally starts in the calf with pain, then the clot can move into the lungs or the heart with life threatening results. A friend recently had DVT after breaking an ankle and staying immobile for weeks. The effects regarding airline flight are not conclusive. Aspirin is not proven as a definite preventive. My page at
www.enjoy-europe.com/hte/chap04/airline.htm has a short discussion paraphrased from from another source. Personally, I can't sit still for 8 to 10 hours so I get up for a walk around the plane once in a while. The stewardesses are usually sitting down anyway so I have to go to the galley to get a drink.
John Bermont
 
Old Dec 22nd, 2002, 07:55 AM
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I have varicose veins concentrated primarily on the side of my knees. It doesn't give me any problems other than esthetically. I will be taking an overseas flight soon and this thread has me very concerned now. Does anyone know if varicose veins could possibly contribute to a blood clot? I will follow all of the advice given so far and I think that I will make an appt. with my doctor to discuss this as well. Am I overreacting?
 
Old Dec 22nd, 2002, 07:41 PM
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