DVT Research New Findings

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) have published advise in the medical journal CHEST detailing risk factors for DVT and measures to diagnose and prevent DVT.

They researched a range of risk factors for the development of DVT in long-distance travellers. These included the use of oral contraceptives, sitting in a window seat, advanced age, dehydration, alcohol intake, pregnancy and sitting in an economy seat compared to business class.
The reviewers conclude that developing DVT or pulmonary embolism from a long-distance flight is generally unlikely, but that the following factors increased people’s risk:
previous DVT or pulmonary embolism or known ‘thrombophilic disorder’
recent surgery or trauma
advanced age
oestrogen use, including oral contraceptives
sitting in a window seat
They conclude that long-distance travellers sitting in a window seat tend to have limited mobility, which is responsible for their increased risk of DVT.