What causes Bloodclots when flying on an Airplane?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    some are prone to clots (dvt) on airplanes secondary to being immobile for hours at a time and stuck in one position---They say you should get up and walk around a few times--but with all the security issues and for those of us you are petrified to even be on a plane--there is an old trick of using your feet/ankles to make the signs of the alphabet A-Z gives your lower extremities full range of motion...

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  • 1 decade ago

    What you're referring to is due to being seated for a long period of time. As a result of the poor circulation, a blood clot can form in the legs and actually travel into the lungs and kill a person.

    Source(s): i'm a nurse
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    1 decade ago

    called DVT , borught about by prolonged inactivity esp long plane travels...can be avoided by leg exercises and occasional walking ..u can buy those compression device that can mimic ambulation ...like.scd's used by postoperative patients

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  • 1 decade ago

    keeping your legs in one position for too long. Keep em moving

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