The risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) remains the same when people travel via air or take a train, experts have revealed.
The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) has also said that people with heart conditions can travel safely provided they drink plenty of fluids, wear compression stockings and take a blood thinner. The fluid intake should exclude alcohol, tea and coffee.
"For those with cardiovascular disease who are not critically ill, but who wish to fly on commercial aircraft, the aircraft environment does not pose a significant risk to their health," The Scotsman quoted Dr David Smith, a cardiologist from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, as saying. "It is only when their under-lying condition is associated with a significant risk of acute deterioration that reasonable restrictions should apply."
The guidance from the BCS follows a directive from the House of Lords calling for comprehensive information for passengers, doctors and airline carriers on the risk of heart issues caused by flying.