Window Seat Risk

February 8, 2012 by staff 

Window Seat Risk, Potentially dangerous blood clots in the legs known as deep venous thromboses (DVTs) got the nickname “economy class syndrome” from widely publicized incidents involving passengers on long-haul flights.

However, new guidelines from a leading physicians’ group suggest the class you sit in on a plane may not raise your DVT risk, but your proximity to the aisle might.

Sitting in a window seat is a risk factor for DVT, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) warn in their new advisory, regardless of whether it’s in economy or first class.

“DVT risk has nothing to do with economy class,” said Dr. Gordon H. Guyatt, chair of the ACCP panel that drafted the new guidelines. “Really, the evidence is that actually where you sit isn’t really an issue. It’s how much you move around. And if you’re in a window seat you are probably more willing to sit for long periods of time being uncomfortable because you are reluctant to make anybody else move to let you out.”

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