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Flight Risk - 2016

Arthritis Today—November 1, 2016

Arthritis Today looks at how air travel may up your odds of a blog clot and how to reduce the risk during holiday travel.

"Long flights - those over 6 hours - could increase your risk for a blood clot in the veins of your legs, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), especially if you have inflammatory arthritis or have had surgery recently," said Anne R. Bass, MD, rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. 

To reduce your risk, Dr. Bass recommends getting out of your seat every 15-20 minutes and moving in the aisle, doing foot and ankle exercises while seated and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you've had a clot before, talk to your doctor before the flight.

The article is featured in the November/December 2016 print issue of Arthritis Today.


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