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d not. The researchers’ tests turned up symptomless blood clots in 50 people, just three of those passengers were in the compression stockings group. The other 47 travelers were in the no-stockings group. The reviewers also found that the stocking-footed passengers reported much less discomfort and swelling in their legs, compared with the travelers who flew without flight stockings. No one in any of the studies developed a blood clot accompanied by noticeable symptoms, and no one suffered a serious thrombosis-related medical condition. In very rare instances, DVT complications can be life-threatening. Vascular specialist Jack Hirsh, M.D., said before embarking on a long-haul flight people who have had blood clots in the past or a strong family history of thrombosis should consult their doctor and consider using compression stockings or medication therapy to prevent blood clots. People who have had a chronic illness that kept them immobilized also have an elevated risk for blood clots during long-distance air travel. The reviewed studies did not find any serious safety issues associated with using compression stockings, and Clarke said the risks and costs appear to be moderately low. Souce: Newswise
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