oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Air travel and the risk of venous thromboembolism : review

Volume 80, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Passenger air travel is a convenient and frequently used mode of transportation across the globe. However, certain health risks are associated with commercial flights, many of which are inherent to this distinctive method of transportation. It has been shown that air travel innately carries an increased risk of the development of venous thromboembolism, and although small, this risk is significantly higher than in the general, healthy, non-flying population. Individual air travellers are strongly encouraged to consult a suitable healthcare professional for an individual risk assessment and guidance on suitable or required prophylactic measures prior to undertaking either frequent or long-distance travel via aeroplane.

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