Vh-daq From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2001, 182 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
i just saw a program on TV about DVT and it talked about how not only people in economy class can get it. i was wondering is it a concern for pilots, i suppose not as much of a worry for FA's as they're always running about the cabin serving people.
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
Certainly can, DVT is associated with immobility not lack of space (although this may compound the likelihood the former).
Our company health guidelines suggest exercises to prevent a "Pulmonary Embolism" (technical term for DVT which essentially means a blood clot in the legs). The best suggestion is to get up and have a walk around the cabin on long flights, and I tend to use the toilet towards the back of the aircraft especially on transatlantic trips, just to stretch the legs and have a chat to the cabin crew. Passes the time anyway.
Still, the risk of developing DVT even if you remain seated over a 9-10 hour flight is proven to be very small.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4747 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 1993 times:
I think if they review many of the pilot heart attacks in the last fifteen years, I bet a signicant poirtion of them would be attributed to DVT.
Hmm... not with you on this one...If you look at most of the Pilots I know that are senior enough to hold the long haul, they are all extremely overweight, and unhealthy looking. I know this is a generalisation, but most of the ones I see look pretty unhealthy.
Pilothica737 From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 297 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months ago) and read 1910 times:
Maybe if I get really bored in one of my two hour classes, I'll tell my teacher I'm risking getting DVT if she doesn't let me get up and go to the bathroom! All of my teachers know I want to be a pilot, so if I ever even LOOK sick they make me go to the nurse... sorry I had to share that!