What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is what happens when a blood clot forms in one of the major veins in your body. DVT most commonly happens in the leg, but it can also happen in the lower abdomen or pelvis.

It’s pretty rare, with only 1 in every 1,000 people in the UK affected by DVT every year, but your risk of getting DVT increases if you’re unwell or immobile for long periods of time. Because of this, you should stay extra aware when on a long haul flight, bus, train or car journey.

You’re more at risk of a DVT on a long flight because there’s likely to be pressure pushing from the edge of your seat onto your leg, and because the caffeine and alcohol you might enjoy makes you dehydrated. With those blockbuster movies keeping you glued to the seat, you’re also less likely to want to get up and stretch your legs. However, it only takes a few minutes to avoid the risk of DVT when travelling. Follow our handy DVT guide to make sure you’re aware of the warning signs and how to avoid them even while you’re deep in ‘flight mode’!