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Take lots of water before boarding a flight: Doctors

Taking a long flight ranging for 10-12 hours and scared of clotting in the blood veins? Well,stick to some five simple tips.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
March 27, 2009 1:31:13 am

Taking a long flight ranging for 10-12 hours and scared of clotting in the blood veins? Well,stick to some five simple tips. Drink lots of water,avoid tight clothes,try to move and wear stockings. This is what experts of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT),a condition in which blood clots in the veins (generally in the legs),have to tell those suffering from this ailment.

“If simple things are kept in mind,people don’t need to be afraid of long flights. We prescribe only specific medicines,and only to those who have undergone some major surgery before the flight or have any specific symptoms,” said Dr Ravul Jindal,Fortis Hospital,Mohali.

The hospital started a campaign on Thursday to create awareness about DVT and ways to fight the disease.

He added that DVT develops silently and there are no symptoms in as many as 50 per cent cases.

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Even as the specific symptoms can be minimal,the warning signs of DVT,like swelling in the legs,redness and pain are some signs that should not be ignored.

“Those who have undergone some major surgery and their movement is restricted especially fall in the risk group for developing DVT. It should be made sure that the hospitalised patients are scanned routinely to check that they are not at the risk of developing the ailment. People above the age of 40 years should also be more watchful of any signs or symptoms in the legs,” said Dr A R Banerji,director,Fortis Hospital.

Paediatrician from UK visits city
Visiting paediatric surgeon from the UK,Pankaj Mankad,highlighted the increasing gap between the need for medical experts to treat children suffering from congenital heart defects and their availability. “The incidence of children born with congenital heart defects,including hole in the heart,is as high as 1 in 100. This means that out of 100 live births,one child is born with a congenital heart defect. The incidence rate is uniform across the world,but the problem in the Indian scenario is lack of diagnostic facilities,infrastructure and experts,” he said on Thursday. Dr Mankad,is in the city to conduct surgeries on children admitted in the Grecian Hospital,Mohali.

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