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Experts Say Most People With Heart Issues can Fly Safely

by Kathy Jones on July 20, 2010 at 8:29 PM

 Experts Say Most People With Heart Issues can Fly Safely
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.
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"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.




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