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how soon can I fly after a dvt
Started by marie hall
Posted: April 4, 2006 at 15:57
I am taking doxium 500mg 2 a day and 1 aspirin a day, have been on clexane injections for 8 days 2 to go and I have finished

thankinf you in advance

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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #1 by reina
Posted: August 9, 2006 at 17:44
Why not responses? I want to know as well. I have a 5 hour flight that was scheduled before DVT incidence in mid-July. The flight is end of August.
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Reply #2 by Dana
Posted: August 9, 2006 at 18:03
Hey-
I flew just 3 monthes after a DVT (full leg from my hip down) My doctor switched me to low molecular weight heparin (injectable) for two days prior to and following my plane trip (16hrs). While I was there (brasil) i found a doctor to monitor my INR levels. Just make sure you wear the compression stockings and check in early at the airport and let them know that you need a bulkhead or exit door seat. That way you can stretch out your legs and make sure you walk around every hr.
Have fun!
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #3 by Eniko
Posted: April 23, 2007 at 18:20
Could anyone tell me how long after diagnosis of a dvt, and start of treatment I could i fly?
Thank you
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #4 by Richard
Posted: April 23, 2007 at 23:41
Eniko - if you look just a bit further down the main page you'll see there has been some recent discussion on this very subject.
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Reply #5 by Lesa
Posted: August 20, 2007 at 16:43
I had an "aortic" clot last year in April. I was allowed to fly a week after being released from the hospital, but was given Heparin shots to take prior to each flight, to wear compression stockings, and move around regularly. I had no problems.
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Reply #6 by lesley
Posted: September 10, 2007 at 19:08
i am thinking about going to bthe maldives i have had a dvt in feb i get very worried but then i think live has to go on i dont think u get much support after a dvt
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #7 by Barbara
Posted: January 8, 2009 at 14:48
I suffered a DVT in September 2008. My job requires that I fly. How soon can I fly without putting my life in danger.
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #8 by ellieuk
Posted: January 8, 2009 at 15:19
Sorry Barbara - it's a really difficult subject to get answers for - have a look round this site using different "search" word (although I'm sure you already have). Unfortunately THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION. I've tried to get good info and it's a nightmare and extremely repetitive. I love to travel (although it's not for work). Only advice I have found through extensive research is that
1. Makes NO difference with DVTs/PEs whether it's flying, riding a bus, car journey, being sat at a computer. The issue is immobility.
2. It seems the BEST way to avoid DVT in any situation is to wear support stockings - if you've had a DVT you may have prescribed ones.
If not "flight socks" apparently help.
3. Drink lots of water and exercise (as best you can) before, during and after flights. Stand up and walk round if possible - if not - keep your feet and legs moving as much as possible (lots of companies now give info in their "inflight mags"
4. Before flight dont be lazy - walk about looking at all that lovely duty-free. Dont extend your levels of inactivity.
5. Ensure you have taken your medication (and keep in hand luggage with your prescription so customs know what it is)
6. Tell your insurance company ALL your details

As I say - repetitive! No-one (GPs/flight companies/insurance etc) appears to be willing (or able) to provide a definitive answer. The only "medcal" opinion I've been given was by my warfarin nurse who said I was safer than others as was on the medication. Are you on Warfarin (Coumadin or alternatives?)

Sorry I've posted on this before and really wish I could offer more!
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #9 by Kitti
Posted: March 31, 2009 at 11:42
Hi My mum has just been told she may have DVT but is dew to fly in July to New York, is this advisable, she also suffers from high blood preasure.
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Reply #10 by sonia
Posted: March 31, 2009 at 16:13
i flew after 3 weeks.i dont think its a problem if you are on warfarin
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Reply #11 by sonia
Posted: March 31, 2009 at 16:14
i flew after 3 weeks.i dont think its a problem if you are on warfarin
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #12 by Lori
Posted: April 2, 2009 at 04:57
I now have my second DVT after 4 years. This time we figured out
that my DVT is caused by Leiden factor 5 which is a genetic test most
of you should rule out. Because of this factor, I will have to be on
Coumadin/warfarin for the rest of my life.

The first DVT (which was in the superficial saphenous and deep
popliteal veins, I was able to fly after my the lung emboli
dissappeared (about 4 weeks later.) I always wear compression
stockings when I fly. The main clot was not dissolved but I was on
an anti clot clinical trial drug at that time.

This time after the second DVT in virtually the same location, they
discovered the genetic factor. I won't be able to take the trial
drug and am on warfarin. Today is the 1st. I did have minor lung
emoboli and my doctor sees no problem with my taking a 5 hour flight
on the 19th of this month. I will wear compression stockings for
that flight (to keep swelling down) and will drink only water and
will move my ankles around a lot as walking is not always easy on a
plane.

I also do Pilates. I was wondering if any of you do Pilates and if
you have been told if you can do it while the clot is still new?
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Reply #13 by steve
Posted: May 20, 2009 at 20:24
my wife had dvt 5 weeks ago i want to take her to sicily for holiday she is on warfarin 5 mg. doctor advises no. shes just done a 12hr flight from thailand.
i think yes go. any advice.
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Re: how soon can I fly after a dvt
Reply #14 by Lori
Posted: May 21, 2009
This is a really hot topic. I fly for a living so I have been
diligently talking to several docs and reading up to thoroughly
understand if I should go on disability or if flying is safe.
The bottom line as I understand it is:
If your doctor is American, he/she will never tell you it is safe to
fly long distance even when your INR is between 2 and 3 because you
will always be at moderate risk. That said I found the following
British guidelines regarding flying after a DVT with P/E- Because of
the statements below, I will fly as long as my INR is within 2-3.


he British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH) produced
guidance on risk of venous thrombosis and long distance travel
(including air flights) information for travelers (1). This states:



“Patients with a recent DVT (or PE) who are on anticoagulant
treatment are at low risk of further clots but advice should be taken
if flying within 2 weeks of a new DVT or PE.”



The SIGN guideline on prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (2) notes
in the section on long distance travel:



“Patients already receiving warfarin should continue to take it
(±GECS). INR should be checked one week before long distance travel
and the dose adjusted to within the target therapeutic range.”



The SIGN guideline and Prodigy guidance on DVT – advice for
travellers on prevention (3) both contain further advice for
travellers.





1.
http://www.bcshguidelines.com/pdf/venousthromb_230505.pdf

2.
http://www.sign.ac.uk/guidelines/fulltext/62/section11.html

3.
http://www.prodigy.nhs.uk/dvt_advice_for_travellers/view_whole_guidan
ce

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Reply #15 by Janey
Posted: September 8, 2009 at 12:39
I'm just getting over a DVT following an accident - tore calf muscle and ligaments in ankle. Still on 7mg Warfarin daily - now 3 months since accident - hopefully will be off it next week and then onto aspirin for 3 months. Haemotologist has advised me that it is OK to fly but would prefer I wait one year before any long haul flights from Aus. Quite hard as I have family in UK. If I do intend flying interstate here in Australia I must inject myself before flight with drug he has advised (sorry can't remember the name) and take extra supplies on board with me. The drug must remain refrigerated at all times. I am concerned as still have swollen leg, continual pain and weird sensations in leg. Assuming this goes on for some time - physio seems to think it will pass. Having twice weekly physio for next few months.
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Reply #16 by Paula
Posted: September 8, 2009 at 15:22
I am nearly 7 weeks into warfarin medication. INR was 3.7 last week so my warfarin has been modified to 8mgs for 6 days and 9mgs on Sunday. Hopefully when my INR is checked on Thursday it will have gone down a little.

I am due to fly end of September to USA and the anticoag clinic manager has told me that I am ok to go as soon as I move as much as possible, this won't be hard with all the water I will drinking lol.

I did ask about having an injection before I fly but she said I didn't need one and that I will be one of the safest on the plane.

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Reply #17 by Janey
Posted: September 11, 2009
Hi Paula, INR levels should be between 2.5 and 3.0 for at least a month - or so I've been told. They need to remain at these levels for a while before they can take you off Warfarin. Concerned that you have received different advice re the injections as everyone I have spoken to ie GP, Physio, Specialists are all saying the same thing here. Good luck and enjoy your trip to USA but please please ask about the injection. On another note I saw a surgical specialist too who said I must always wear support DVT socks when I fly as DVT is below my knee. I was professionally measured yesterday for a pair and my goodness what a difference they make to the leg pain - must now wear them post DVT daily for 3 months.
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Reply #18 by Paula
Posted: September 11, 2009 at 09:50
Hi Janey

I had a check yesterday and I was 2.7 so better than the week before. I have another 2 checks before I fly so I am hoping that I stay within range. I will be on warfarin until next Jan/Feb. I have also read alot about people getting the injection before they fly but I was told I didn't need it as I am fully anticoagulated on the warfarin. I will ask again next week at the clinic and I will also ask my GP.

I have been wearing the compression stockings (thigh length as my dvt is in my thigh) since a week after my diagnosis and have been told to wear them every day for the next 2 years. I have been measured and like you they do make a difference to my leg with regards pain and swelling, even though they are horrible to wear.



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Reply #19 by Janey
Posted: September 11, 2009 at 11:06
Hi Paula,
Sounds like you are now on the right track - once I hit 2.7 it started to remain there so your flight will go well. Wish I had known earlier about these support stockings as my surgical stocking guy said I should have had them on immediately after diagnosis but he said only 3 months post DVT - he has 40 years experience in this field - so perhaps ask again re this. Have a fabulous holiday Paula.
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