The seat at the link provided is ridiculous. Anyone short enough to be able to even elevate their legs like that in economy, much less swing them, has a very low risk of DVT
to begin with. Taller people are at greater risk to begin with because they have less room to move their legs (regardless of the type of seat), and it's that movement that creates blood flow.
I'm 6'4" and like someone else said above, this seat would do absolutely nothing for me. Also, putting what amounts to a blood flow obstruction behind your knees is not a good idea.
There are four things I do to make sure I don't get a DVT
1. I choose which airline to fly based on the amount of legroom offered. This is why, for example, I fly JetBlue JFK
, even if they cost more than a competitor (and sometimes they do).
2. I always sit in an aisle at the very least, and if I can, I get an exit row. On a 14 hour flight to Japan, I basically *have to* have an exit row to not go absolutely insane, so my wife and I always get to the terminal 3 hours early.
3. I drink a lot. I don't care what it is. I don't drink to be hydrated, I drink to force myself to get up and go to the bathroom; I figure hydration will take care of itself if I'm drinking that much. I usually have at least one alcoholic drink, actually, but then I drink a lot of water and juice too. I never refuse a drink if asked by a flight attendant, and I take the bottle of water they give out at the start of the flight and usually have another one of my own. This forces me to get up about once an hour.
4. There is a very simple exercise that you can do to stave off DVT
, and that's just to slowly and repeatedly push down alternately on the heels and the balls of your feet, sort of rocking back and forth. This causes your muscles to clench in a way that acts as a blood pump, forcing blood back up your leg and not allowing it to clot. I do this about once every half hour at least - you only need to do it a few times and you don't need any extra space to do it.
I guess my point is that there are things an experienced flyer can do that are way more effective at staving off DVT
than the seat at the OP's link. Even just the exercise I mentioned as #4 would be enough for most people 99.9% of the time. (And btw, I learned that from an on-board ANA instructional video on how to avoid DVT
. That instructional video would probably prevent a lot more DVT
's than this new seat idea.)
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