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“Don’t fear long haul flights!” Vascular surgeon tells travelrs

Dr. John Scurr, a vascular surgeon at London's Middlesex Hospital, advices passengers, who fly long haul flights, that there is nothing to fear.

The death of a woman on board an airliner, while she was flying a long distance flight, has sparked off this sudden debate that long flights can be fatal to many people.

Dr. Scurr says this fear is unfounded and that people are just over reacting. He says that clot formation can also occur if a person spends long hours in front of the computer.

Basically when a person spends hours without any activity, in a seated position, there is a lot of stasis of blood (pooling of blood) in his lower limbs and this predisposes to clot formation in his long veins. This clot can get detached and become mobile and can result in fatal complications.

This condition is called thrombo embolism.

But this need not occur only in passengers who travel long distance flights according to Dr. Scurr.

“This is really about a change in our habits. There has been a general realization recently that people get on planes, drink far too much and just sleep - all bent up. That's all we've been drawing attention to here,” Scurr said.

So the next time you have to travel long distance, don’t panic. Just see to that you get to walk every now and then and don’t be immobile for hours together. And remember to enjoy the flight and put your worries to ret.

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