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Your own in-flight health
Hope you’re well, thank you as ever for keeping up the great site and congrats on married life.
I had a thought the other day, and wondered if you could share what consideration you give to your own health on the many long-hauls you do. I am an Emergency Physician, and on a daily basis have to assess the risk of a patient having either (or both) a DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) – the later of which is particularly important not to miss.
Many of the objective risk stratification scores we use includes a question on ‘periods of immobility’ such as hospital stays, recent surgery or indeed long haul travel.
Despite being able to lie flat often (!) and I am sure exercising your legs as per the in-flight magazine pages, do you do anything else to consciously try and stay healthy, specifically with regards to DVT/PE prevention?
Thanks in advance, it was just a curiosity I had on the way to work recently,
(Emergency Physician, Sydney Australia)
I just joined this group today and was interested in health and flying and the germs we come in contact with when flying. I work for a company called Reliable 1 Laboratories and we have a product called Boroleum which can help with Dry Nose while flying as well as form a barrier by the nostrils to help prevent germs from entering the nose.
Having read Lucky’s posts for years, I know he’s a healthy eater (usually selects the fish entree) and always packs running shoes to exercise during layovers.
Speaking for myself (with no known DVT risk factors), flying 16 Trans Atlantic long haul flights of over 9 hours and 20 Trans Continental flights of over 5 hours in 2018, I try to get up and move around every two hours when seated on domestic flights. In Business Class flights with beds, I move less often because I can elevate my feet and am sleeping part of the flight. During connecting layovers, I leave the lounge 15 minutes early and take a brisk walk through the terminal(s) before boarding. I also exercise (run or walk) a lot during my stays after flights and I take a baby aspirin before each long haul flight (on the advice of my physician).
This risk must be higher for Australians flying international routes given the sheer distances to popular destinations.