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VTE risk doubles after four hour flights

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The risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) doubles after flying four hours or more, research has shown.

The risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) doubles after flying four hours or more, research has shown.

According to the World Health Organisation study the risk of developing the condition is nevertheless still low at about 1 in 6000.

The report also confirms that being obese, being shorter than 1.6 metres or taller than 1.9 metres and using oral contraceptives increases VTE risk as a result of flying.

Phase I of the WHO Research Into Global Hazards of Travel (WRIGHT) recommends airlines, transport authorities and medical professionals give advice on how to avoid VTE.

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