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Thrombosis risk when traveling by air: stretch your legs and drink a lot
Many people are now taking the plane to their holiday destination during the holiday season. Especially on long flights, the risk of thrombosis increases due to long sitting in confined spaces, little movement and dry air. But risk patients can prevent this.
Increased risk of thrombosis on long air travel Summer time - vacation time: Many Germans are currently on the way to vacation. Anyone traveling to far-away destinations by plane has an increased risk of thrombosis. Because sitting for a long time in a confined space, little movement and dry air increase the risk of this vascular disease. Especially people who are at risk for thrombosis should therefore be particularly careful. People with diabetes, familial tendency to thrombosis, overweight or obesity, smokers, pregnant women or women who take estrogens or the contraceptive pill and people who have already had a thrombosis are at greater risk.
Stretching your legs and massaging your calves Sitting on the plane for hours on end with your legs bent can cause thrombosis, as the blood in the knee and groin stagnates and flows poorly back to the heart. Travelers should therefore not cross their legs, but leave them stretched out. According to a message from the dpa news agency, Astrid Markow of the Brandenburg Chamber of Pharmacists also advises that it is good to massage the calves in between and, if possible, to walk around. The freedom of movement is restricted by tight clothing. Even with long train or bus journeys, it makes sense to take such preventive measures.
Medical compression stockings for prophylaxis Especially people with a higher risk of thrombosis should clarify with their doctor whether they might consider medical compression stockings or heparin injections for prophylaxis. Caution is advised when it comes to aspirin. Although the drug has been recommended for prophylaxis in the past, it has been disputed for years whether it has a preventive effect. We recommend small exercises that can also be carried out on an airplane. For example, you can take off your shoes and alternately spread and claw your toes and alternately put on and stretch your feet. It is also recommended to wiggle your toes while standing and to walk lightly on the spot.
Ensure adequate hydration Adequate hydration is particularly important for long-distance travelers in the dry air of the aircraft. The question of how much water is really healthy per day is answered slightly differently by experts, but according to the majority opinion it should be around 1.5 liters for adults. If people drink too little, symptoms such as dry mouth, constipation, fatigue or tiredness can occur. Fruit juices and water are recommended on flights; Alcohol, but also coffee and tea should be avoided if possible. (ad)