By James D. Lakin PhD MD FACP CFI
FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner 

Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Cockpit Concern


It’s warming up out there and I bet you’re thinking about some cross-country flying! There’s nothing greater than watching the landscape change from checkerboard

farmland to rolling plains to majestic mountains as the hours roll by.

With that throttle leaned back, you can easily spend four or five hours in the cockpit, enjoying the ride. Problem is you can’t very well get up and walk around in most GA aircraft, and prolonged immobility can pose some serious health problems. The biggest worry is developing deep

vein thrombosis or DVT, which occurs when a blood clot or thrombus for...

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