DVT Causes

Long Flights are a risk factor for Deep Vein Thrombosis but the chances are very low. However, DVT can be caused by a variety of other factors.

So you’re stuck on a long flight with little leg room, people have told you that means you’re at risk for economy class syndrome or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) but are they right?

As Dr. Preeti Parikh explains, long travel is a risk factor for DVT but the chances are very low, so you can feel better about that economy class ticket. Blood clots in legs are what characterize DVT. Now that we know that air travel is a rare cause of DVT the question remains, what causes thrombosis? If you are exhibiting signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis it can be caused by a variety of factors including a broken leg or hip, poor circulation, using a catheter, genetic blood clotting disorders pregnancy, recovery time from surgery, certain birth controls, being overweight and smoking while taking estrogen pills and age. While rare, repetitive upper body exercise such as lifting weights can cause a form of DVT in the arms known as Paget-Schroetter Syndrome.


Preeti Parikh, MD

This video features Preeti Parikh, MD. Dr. Parikh, a board-certified pediatrician affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is HealthiNation's chief medical editor.

Duration: 1:59. Last Updated On: June 8, 2018, 7:04 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Mera Goodman, MD . Review date: Jan. 11, 2017
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