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There is a dangerous drawback of traveling that you may not be aware of: Being immobile for a long time, such as during a flight, can increase your risk of developing a life-threatening blood clot called deep vein thrombosis. Although DVT is usually easily treatable when caught quickly, the condition can become more serious if a piece of the blood clot breaks off and moves through the bloodstream to your lungs and causes a blockage to an artery there, called a pulmonary embolism. "In severe cases, this can lead to a stroke and can even be fatal," says Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a New York-based podiatric physician and Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.
 
Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
 
 
Wearing compression socks is one preventative measure, but there are other ways to protect yourself from DVT, too. Don’t cross your legs when you’re flying, and make sure to move your feet and wiggle your toes every now and then while in your seat. Dr. Sutera suggests avoiding alcohol during a flight, as this causes dehydration, and instead just drink water. The best thing you can do, though, is to get up, stretch your legs, and take a walk up and down the aisle every hour.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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