Show: June 3, 2012:
- Does new drug signify Cystic Fibrosis breakthrough?
- Energy and Sport Drinks Compromise Dental Health
- What is behind the slow growth in health care spending?
- Do unnecessary medical tests violate the “Do No Harm” oath?
- “Chinplants” procedure on the rise
- How can you avoid deep vein thrombosis during air travel?
- What is the solution to fixing our “broken” health care system?
- View all topics for the week
How can you avoid deep vein thrombosis during air travel?
Interview: Gord Guyatt, M.D, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
According to new guidelines, people with a risk factor for blood clotting are advised to wear compression stockings on long flights to avoid deep vein thrombosis. The condition, which mainly affects the large veins in the legs, can be fatal if the clot travels to the lungs, leading to a pulmonary embolism. Gordon Guyatt, M.D., of McMaster University visits "Sound Medicine" this week to discuss these new guidelines and the background of air travel and its effects on the circulatory system.