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If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Thu Jun 06, 2002 9:52 pm

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.

i'm very interested in hearing your thoughts...

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Rick767
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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:04 pm

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.
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Greg
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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:28 pm

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.

Atlhough it important to more around...I feel much safer if the flight crew remains in the cockpit.
 
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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:33 pm

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.

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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:55 pm

Whilst Artsyman's view is a bit of a generalisation I agree that it is unlikely that such incidents were related to DVT.

The rather lax FAA Class One medical might be a contributing factor me thinks...

Yes, my comments are based on experience, took me 35 minutes to get an FAA Class One compared to my 4-hour JAA Class One. Faa Class One was like the old CAA Class Three when I did my PPL Big grin
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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Fri Jun 07, 2002 2:30 pm

but do pilots often do excercises to get the blood moving or anythign to try and prevent it from sitting in the seat for so long?

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Pilothica737
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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Fri Jun 07, 2002 2:45 pm

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!
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RE: If First Class Pax Can Suffer From DVT Can Pilots?

Fri Jun 07, 2002 3:39 pm

hahaha alrighty, i must try that one!!

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