Thursday, December 22, 2005

Long distance travel WILL pose a threat to health

It has been announced that all journeys over 4 hours long will increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. Whilst the risk is only small, it is undoubtedly real and should be acknowledged by all travellers.

DVT has been in the press quite a lot recently and whilst it is true that in some instances it can result in death, there are some fairly simple, yet effective steps that can be taken to reduce the risk. A person of generally good health is generally less likely to develop thrombosis, and older people do have a higher risk. Yet all members of the populace can protect themselves by wearing travel socks and, wherever possible, taking the opportunity to get up or at least move your legs if actually walking is impossible.


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