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first_img Comments are closed. The Government is circulating advice on the dangers of deep vein thrombosisto regular travellers. Advice outlining the risks of the condition, its symptoms and what can bedone to prevent it has been made available through NHS Direct, the Internet, andhealth services, says the Department of Health. In particular, it outlines the type of in-flight exercises passengers can doto avoid developing the blood clotting condition, which can occur when peopleare immobile for long periods of time. Deputy chief medical officer Dr Pat Troop said, “Although furtherresearch needs to be carried out into the links between DVT and long distancetravel, we have issued the most up-to-date information and advice to theairlines and public about minimising the risk of DVT during longjourneys.” It recommends that those who have had a DVT or pulmonary embolism obtainmedical advice before they travel. People with a family history of clotting conditions, with thrombophilia orcancer, those who have undergone major surgery in the three months prior totravelling and anyone who has suffered a stroke are also advised to seekadvice. DVT is also more common in women who are pregnant, have recently had a baby,are taking the contraceptive pill or are on hormone replacement therapy. Women with any of these conditions should also seek advice from theircommunity pharmacist, antenatal team or health visitor before flying, says theDepartment of Health. www.doh.gov.uk/hat  www.doh.nhsdirect.nhs.uk  www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo Health service issues DVT advice to publicOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more