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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

DVT also known as economy class syndrome is killing around 1200 British airplane passengers a year according to scientists. Long haul flights are causing life threatening blood clots because of cramped conditions, however, a recent ruling by the High Court in London rejects any airline liability.

DVT stems from the formation of blood clots in the veins of the calf proving deadly if these blockages break and travel to the lungs consequently restricting the flow of blood.

It is caused by sitting down for hours, however doctors are unsure if the condition is worsened by air travel. The condition shows no symptoms but many passengers develop pain or leg tenderness weeks after flying and do not link it with their journeys.

According to a recent report 10 passengers on a long haul flight are at risk of DVT and it is not just the elderly or ill. Cramped conditions, long periods of inactivity and dehydration can all lead to a slowdown in circulation which can lead to DVT.

Our advice is to make sure you move around as much as possible on airline journeys to maintain the blood circulating the body. Studies have shown that using a magnetic wrap around your body will aid a healthy amount of oxygen to the blood.

We can supply a good quality product that will help on all journeys especially aircraft where you are generally restricted in your movement.


British Medical Journal Report

Magnetic bracelets worn by thousands to relieve arthritis really work a study of sufferers suggests. The gadgets which cost between £30 and £50 significantly reduce pain if the magnetic field is strong enough, the research shows. They were tested by medical experts commissioned by the Arthritis Research Campaign to try to decide conclusively whether they were genuinely effective or a marketing gimmick.

Researchers used 194 patients aged 45 to 80 who had osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Some were given a a standard strength magnetic bracelet, others a weak one, and the rest a dummy version with no magnetism at all. The researchers found pain was significantly reduced in the patients wearing the standard bracelet compared to the dummy one. There was little difference between the group wearing weak magnets and those wearing the dummy magnets, says a report on the study in today's British Medical Journal. The analysts from the Penisula Medical School, Plymouth said they could not explain the effect. Some doctors suggest an imbalance in the body's magnetic field can lead to pain and disease, and that an electric current produced by bracelets somehow improves circulation. Around 760,000 people in the UK suffer from osteoarthritis, making three million visits a year to GP's for the condition.

Manufacturers claim the bracelets can reduce pain in a variety of conditions, but research has proved contradictory, with some studies showing pain reduction and others reporting no effect at all. The researchers concluded that magnetic bracelets were clinically useful, but higher strength magnets were necessary. They said taking painkillers such as paracetamol costs at least £20 a year and might cause side effects. Larger investigations should now test the safety of magnets relative to the well known risks of analgesics they added. They said the bracelets should be used to supplement treatments already being taken by sufferers, rather than replacing them. a spokesman for the Arthritis Research Campaign said "Results appear to show that they do reduce pain in people with with hip and knee osteoarthritis although it is still unclear how. As they are quite cheap and safe, people with osteoarthritis might want to consider wearing them as part of their self-help regime"

 



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Written by Dorothy Jenkins — July 31, 2013

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