For the past several years, Economy class syndrome has been all over the newspaper and TV headlines. In the economy class section of the aircraft, it is just something that happens to folks who are immobile for long times.
Economy Class Syndrome is a misnomer as it also occurs in first class and among flight attendants and even pilots also.DVT means deep vein thrombosis, where the blood pools in the deep veins of the legs and then clots. Sometimes these clots can break off and rush to the lungs or heart, causing problems like a pulmonary embolism or myocardial infarction, which are also known as a heart attacks.
When blood coagulates and slows down, particularly in the lower legs, after long periods of immobility when traveling which occurs after longer periods of 4 hours or more. About 3-5% of air travelers develop these clots. Usually painless, but they can cause pain and swelling.
Besides immobility, factors that cause DVT include dehydration, low humidity and low cabin pressure. While it is most common on planes it can occur during any type of travel.
Most common risk factors for Economy Class Syndrome are clotting factor abnormalities which are inherited, smoking (nicotine promotes blood clots), illness with cancer, dehydration and prolonged immobility.
With our Health Awareness and follow below describe Health Tips we can avoid this DVT,
(1) Get up and move about if practical. Besides, avoid sitting at window seating as window seat riders are a lot more expected to acquire DVT.
(2) Keep hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverage and caffeine uptake when journeying.
(3) Clothing compression socks. These continue pressure on the feet and push blood away of the feet and toward the heart and lungs.
(4) Stretching and motion your feet and legs even while seating.