Keep legs moving to prevent blood clots on long-distance flights
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sitting in a chair may seem like one of the least dangerous things people could do, but if they are on a lengthy flight, the time they spend seated could increase their odds of developing potentially lethal blood clots. If airline passengers wish to avoid a trip to the hospital on their way to their serviced apartments, they should know how to prevent blood clots from forming in their legs.
When flying long distances, passengers need to make sure to keep their legs moving, as immobility increases their chances of developing blood clots, according to NPR. Unfortunately, every traveler aboard a single aircraft cannot spend the entirety of their flight standing or walking around. What they can do is simple exercises, like flexing and pointing their toes forward.
In addition, the news source recommends moving their legs every two hours, which means deep sleep is not advised - even on extended flights. Short naps, however, are OK.
If travelers are concerned about blood clots, they should try to secure a seat that will reduce their chances of developing one. For example, ABC News reports that sitting near a window on a lengthy flight usually means passengers will have limited mobility - something they definitely want to avoid.