Dangerous than air travel?

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Many people are afraid of air travel. This is facilitated by frequent reports of air transport accidents and terrorist acts on board Airliners. Much less is known about the fact that even a successful flight can cause the death of an unsuspecting passenger.

This is the so-called syndrome of "economy class. " Of course, this title is not quite true. First Class passengers also get to a hospital bed or dying, and the problem is not in the ticket price. Cramped cabins of the aircraft, long-term immobility in an uncomfortable sitting position, lack of water — all these are factors that contribute to the development of the syndrome.

For long periods of immobility in the deep veins of the legs are formed blood clots — clots. They can be of different sizes, depends on whether the external manifestations of the disease. In fact, in most cases there are no symptoms. Studies have shown that up to 10 percent of passengers Airliners suffering from thrombosis, but for most it goes without consequences.

However, if a large enough clot breaks away from the vein wall, it can block the pulmonary artery, thus developing a very serious condition called pulmonary embolism (PE), which is manifested by a sharp pain in the chest, shortness of breath, and after a few minutes — heart failure. Not always in the air attack begins. Many people go to the doctor only a few days, making it difficult to assess the real extent of the phenomenon.

Protect themselves from the syndrome Economy Class quite real. Doctors have a long time working on this problem, it is recommended to drink to passengers more liquid more to move. In the UK developed a special device even — Airogym, which is a cushion with two cameras. The alternate contraction of the muscles with pressure on the ball prevents the formation of blood clots.

Another method — wearing special elastic stockings during the flight. These supply the passengers some airlines. British scientists are at the end of last week reported trials of this technique argue that none of the passengers of those who wore special socks on the flight, was no evidence of thrombosis.

Some doctors are also advised to take an aspirin before a flight. This medicine thins the blood and prevents the formation of blood clots.

Understanding what is necessary to protect passengers from the syndrome of "tourist class" is the leadership of many airlines. While no one is out of the question to reorganize salons Airliners, giving passengers more room for movement, but to explain the risk of thrombosis for passengers and provide them with the means of protection is realistic now.

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