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Health Tip: Reduce DVT Risk on a Long Flight

Don't sit still for the entire trip

(HealthDay News) -- A disorder called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in the body's deep veins, most often in the legs.

Your risk increases when you're confined to sitting for a long period without the benefit of exercise, such as on a long plane flight.

The American Council on Exercise offers these suggestions to help reduce the risk of DVT while you're on a long flight:

  • If your flight takes three hours or longer, get up and walk around at least once every 30 minutes.
  • While you're sitting, perform some simple leg, foot and ankle stretches and exercises.
  • Don't wear constricting clothing.
  • Nap in short bursts of no more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • Drink plenty of water, and limit alcohol and caffeine.
  • Take a brisk walk around the airport terminal if you have a layover.
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