Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Can I fly again after having a DVT?

Q. Last year I had a deep-vein thrombosis with a small pulmonary embolism, apparently precipitated by flying across the country without getting up and walking around. I did just fine with anticoagulation and am now off all medications. Is it safe for me to fly again? If so, what precautions would you recommend?

A. Yes, you can fly again, if you take some precautions. Before I describe them, though, I would like to raise an equally important issue for your health and well-being.

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