We've all heard stories of people who develop deep vein thrombosis (DVTs) while flying. The lack of leg mobility puts individuals prone to developing blood clots at risk because blood pools in the legs when sitting for hours on end. This stasis of blood can result in the clotting mechanism being activated and clots forming in the veins. A piece of blood clot breaking off from the leg and move to the lungs. Small clots are not too serious, but a large clot may be fatal.
A new article from the Journal of Environment and Planning reports that in the "hypermobile", such as frequent long distance business travelers, there are serious consequences that may develop physiologically, emotionally and socially. Besides jetllag, sleep and emotional disruption, there are serious health issues that may develop. One example is that the stress of hypermobility supresses the immune system.
Another finding that is a little alarming is the very high incidence of "subclinical" DVT after extremely long flights. 10% of people, if carefully examined, show signs of DVT, although few develop symptoms. The authors conclude more study is needed
So when on a long flight, get up and move around. Pump your legs and calves to get that blood moving!
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