Plan ahead, stay hydrated and stretch your legs to ensure a safe trip.
All long journeys by any mode of transport, by plane, car or train, may increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). However, the risk is not as great as the media would suggest. We estimate the risk to be only one DVT per million passengers on flights over six hours.
Prevent DVTs by taking a few simple steps:
Always make sure you take plenty of your medication in case your stay is prolonged. If you are travelling with liquid medication it is wise to avoid putting it in your hold luggage (in the luggage hold, temperatures drop considerably and may freeze some medicines). Check with your airline for restrictions and take a letter from your haematologist to ensure that you can take your medicine on board with you.
It’s useful to carry a list of your medications and the details of your medical history if it is complex.
Most MPD patients do not require additional protection to prevent clots. However, your doctor may advise that you take an injection of heparin prior to the flight, especially if:
Heparin is simple to give and your haematologist can provide a letter explaining its use for airline security. Talk to your doctor about your travel plans.
A little preparation and care will ensure you have a safe trip.