Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition in which a blood clot forms within a vein, usually in the legs. Signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, and redness. Some travelers in particular are more likely to develop DVT, such as frequent flyers, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals who have undergone recent surgery or have limited mobility.

To reduce the risk of DVT, airline passengers should follow these tips:

  • Perform foot and leg exercises every half hour, including heal and toe lifts, knee raises, and foot rotations
  • Hydrate
  • Elevate feet
  • Take a walk around the plane cabin when possible
  • Wear compression socks, which encourage blood to be pumped back up to the heart where it can be distributed evenly. Read more about compression socks, or purchase them here.