What can I do to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Patients in hospital who are at risk of DVT are given compression stockings to wear and drugs that reduce the ability of the blood to clot, such as aspirin.

The Aerospace Medical Association says that air travellers can reduce the risk of DVT by:

  • exercising the calf muscles while seated (some airline magazines, such as British Airways' HighLife contains useful leg exercises);
  • getting up and walking around the cabin every 60-90 minutes;
  • drinking plenty of water during the flight; and
  • avoiding alcohol, caffeine and sleeping tablets.

See also the NHS choices recommendations for preventing DVT when you travel.

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