IN-FLIGHT HEALTH

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - EXPERIENCE -

DEEP VEIN THROM­BO­SIS (DVT)

Deep vein throm­bo­sis (DVT) is blood clot­ting in a ma­jor vein, most com­monly in the legs or lower body, which causes blood flow to slow down or stop. Some peo­ple are more sus­cep­ti­ble, in­clud­ing those who are im­mo­bile for pe­ri­ods of time, those with a per­sonal or fam­ily his­tory of DVT, peo­ple with cer­tain blood disor­ders or those who have re­cently un­der­gone ma­jor surgery. Smok­ers, preg­nant women, el­derly peo­ple and those with heart disease are also more sus­cep­ti­ble.

WE SUG­GEST YOU:

+ Drink plenty of wa­ter and other hy­drat­ing flu­ids dur­ing and af­ter the flight. Limit your al­co­hol, tea and cof­fee con­sump­tion.

+ Take reg­u­lar walks around the air­craft when the seat­belt sign is switched off.

+ Stretch and move your arms and legs at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals dur­ing the flight.

+ Avoid cross­ing your legs when seated. Mas­sage your calves and thighs, and reg­u­larly move your an­kles by cir­cling and gen­tly shak­ing your feet.

+ See a doc­tor if you ex­pe­ri­ence ab­nor­mal swelling, ten­der­ness or pain af­ter your flight.

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