Sunday, October 10, 2010

Aspirin and DVT article

I found an article about aspirin use and DVT - http://etravel.org/information/aspirin-and-dvt/ while googling and so did a little reading up again... And you have probably guessed it, this is yet another of my customer's FAQ.

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT in short, is a common vascular condition that arises from the formation of a blood clot within the deep veins of the circulatory system. In layman terms, they also call it Economy Flight Syndrome.

Below is an excerpt of information quoted from CASE MANAGEMENT ADHERENCE GUIDELINES VERSION 1.0 DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) 2008:

Long-Distance Travel Notes

• The guidelines recommend the following general measures for long distance travelers (i.e., flights of > 6 h duration): avoidance of constrictive clothing around the lower extremities or waist, avoidance of dehydration, and frequent calf muscle stretching.
• For long-distance travelers with additional risk factors for VTE (venous thromboembolic disease), ACCP guidelines recommend the general strategies listed above. If active prophylaxis is considered because of the perceived increased risk of venous thrombosis, we suggest the use of properly fitted, below-knee GCS, providing 15 to 30 mm Hg of pressure at the ankle, or a single prophylactic dose of LMWH, injected prior to departure.
• The use of aspirin for VTE prevention associated with travel is not recommended.


Here's a more clinical Medscape article for reading leisure. :)

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