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How To Avoid Health Risks During Long Flights

In recent years there has been a lot of media attention on the health dangers of long haul flights. When talking about these risks, however, it is important to realize that most passengers on long haul flights will have absolutely no problems whatsoever.

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There is a risk though, and it does make sense to do all we can to avoid these. One of the biggest risks that passengers could face is DVT (deep vein thrombosis); this causes blood clots which can spread to the lungs and then cause pulmonary embolism which can be fatal. So if you want to take precautions to help avoid these dangers then the following tips should help.

One of the common causes of deep vein thrombosis from developing is the fact that people tend to sit in the same position for a long time during long haul flights. This means that blood pools in the body and clots can develop.

Most of the people who develop DVT already have a known blood clotting problem; if you have such a problem you should get advice from your doctor before flying long haul. However, there are some people who did not know about any other problems and still develop DVT. Avoiding long stretches where you are inactive during a flight is probably the best way to avoid DVT from developing.

- Some people like to drink a lot of alcohol before getting on a plane. There are a couple of reasons why this can be a dangerous activity. It can knock them out so much that they sleep through the whole flight - thus making them more susceptible to clots (although excess alcohol can thin the blood)~Drinking too much alcohol can cause the passenger to sleep through the entire flight and this means that they will be inactive so could mean they are more at risk from clots. Drinking too much alcohol can also cause people to make decisions that they would not normally make and can sometimes cause people to become aggressive.

- Wearing loose clothing during a flight is a good idea because it makes it easier to keep your body moving freely.

by Musa Aykac

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