Q17. Does travelling cause deep vein thrombosis?

A17. There have been several incidents of deep vein thrombosis which have occurred after travelling, particularly after a long flight.

Sometimes DVT occurs for no apparent reason but there are situations in which it develops due to a variety of factors. These include prolonged inactivity, being overweight and taking oral contraceptives.

If you are in a high risk group and are planning a long journey, for example a long haul flight then speak to your GP about ways of reducing the risk of DVT.

Wear compression stockings, drink plenty of water and get up and move around as often as you can.

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