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Blood clot risk increased by long distance travel
12/21/2005 6:28:00 PM
RESEARCH PUBLISHED yesterday by the Department for Transport confirms that long-distance travel leads to a small but increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The risk, which applies to all forms of travel, appears to be predominantly the result of prolonged immobility. Following the largest ever study of its kind, it was found that all forms of transport involving a journey of four hours or more led to an increase in the risk of blood clots forming in the veins of the legs. And in a study of air passengers of working age, for example, one case of DVT was found for every 6000 journeys that lasted four hours or more.
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