Coach Class No Longer the Culprit of Blood Clotting

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You are now encouraged to move about the cabin © Gene Eaton

“Economy class syndrome”, the nickname that suggests Coach seating causes blood clots, is in fact not true.

New guidelines state that the real risk of deep vein thrombosis during plane travel is from not getting up and moving around enough during long flights.

Flights lasting at least eight hours are riskiest, the guidelines say. Most people who develop these clots have risk factors, including obesity, older age, recent surgery, a history of previous blood clots or use of birth control pills.

Special compression stockings will help those with increased risk factors, but if you’re looking for a jet-setter look sans support hosiery, it’s best to move about the cabin when suitable.

More details on the new guidelines can be found at HuffingtonPost.

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Heather Bond posts from Chicago, the windiest city in the world. She likes yoga, pub trivia, a hot towel and a fully reclined seat. She hopes her next trip will be to Djibouti, because she loves to say Djibouti so much. Follow Heather on Twitter @metro_naturale

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