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Style Pattern 5: All Commercial Airlines Move Many People to Remote Destinations, and Quickly, and That’s What Matters, Experts Say

While flying can be disorienting and makes some people anxious, flying on commercial airlines is a very safe activity, thanks to ever vigilant government oversight of the entire industry.

Plane crashes are rare, and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) even more so. DVH is potentially serious medical event that occurs when blood clots form in the legs. While a sedentary activity can increase the chances that a person might suffer from DVT, the overwhelming  majority of cases do not occur while flying.

Airline seats are designed by airline seat experts and tested and certified by the Federal Government to reduce the risk of DVT to the lowest level possible. Millions of passengers fly every day on these seats without incident.

While people with a genetic clotting, family predisposition, or history of a clotting disorder might intuitively worry about flying, the odds of a DVT occurring on any trip in the flying population are 0.0000532. General management of these diseases and simple lifestyle changes generally allow such people to live a normal life.

DVT while flying among POC, women and the LGBT community – often ignored if not actively shunned by the medical community is a serious concern and highlights the need to keep making progress on social equity.

Style Pattern 11: A Silent Deadly Killer in Every Airplane Takes Life of Mother of Three.

Finley Violet was the first member of her rural Kentucky family to go to college. The young, fit mother of three was texting her spouse Kai on final approach to their home in Oakland, CA.  She was sharing the good news that her bottom surgery in New York had been completely successful, when she noticed a sharp pain near the calf of her left leg.

It went away as soon as she stood up and didn’t think further about it.

That night, Findley and her wife Kai and their three children, Kendall, Morgan and Jaime, were enjoying their first night together as a family in months.  Kai and Finley shared stories until midnight, and then dozed off to sleep.

The next morning Kai woke to the shock of realizing that Findley wasn’t breathing.

The Medical Examiner explained to Ka and the children that a blood clot, known as a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Finley’s left leg, likely a result of sitting too long in an airline flight, had broken off and traveled to her lungs and brain. In the middle of the night partially awoke briefly to symptoms of a heart attack and a stroke at the same time.

DVT can happen suddenly, and without warning, to anyone, and research shows that it happens more frequently on long stretches of sitting on airlines.

Experts recommend standing up once every 2 hours and moving your legs regularly while flying.

DVT while flying among POC, women and the LGBT community – often ignored if not actively shunned by the medical community is a serious concern and highlights the need to keep making progress on social equity.

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