The Wall Street Journal (2/8, McCartney, Subscription Publication) reports that the American College of Chest Physicians has released new guidelines recommending that travelers at an increased risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) use compression stockings when on long flights.
The AP (2/8, Tanner) reports that "the guidelines were released online Tuesday in the group's journal, Chest. They're based on a review of recent research and other medical evidence on deep vein thrombosis, blood clots that form deep in leg veins." The AP adds, "There's no proof that flying economy-class increases your chances of dangerous blood clots, according to" the "new guidelines."
MedPage Today (2/8, Fiore) reports, meanwhile, that "clinicians should not recommend that all travelers use aspirin for prevention of deep vein thrombosis during long plane trips, according to" the "new recommendation."
POSTED BY BRIAN D. WILLIAMSON, MD