Deep Vein Thrombosis And Air Travel
Each year in Australia there are up to 400 deaths from pulmonary embolism (PE) and of these only a small appear to be associated with air travel. However, it was the publicity surrounding two unexpected deaths from Pulmonary Embolism — a blood clot travelling from the legs to the lungs — after long-haul air travel in 2000 that sparked renewed interest in the issue and much public debate. Some pre-disposing factors include smoking, age, obesity and pregnancy. Use of oral contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy among post-menopausal women is another cause for concern. Other causes are cancer, lower limb injuries or surgery, family history of DVT and previous history of thrombosis or embolism.



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