Confessions of a Rock Star and DVT Victim plus Ten Tips for Survival

Ian Anderson, the front man of the famous British rock group Jethro Tull shares his experience of developing DVT while travelling between 3 continents in 2001:

Confessions of a DVT Victim and Ten Tips for Survival

"But something didn't feel right with the leg - a deeper and more sinister feeling than just the dodgy knee - so, after a brief discussion with a worried hotel doctor, I took myself off to a Sydney hospital and insisted on an ultrasound scan to determine that, hopefully, no clot was present. Alas, the scan showed a huge and life-threatening clot stretching from just above the ankle to the upper thigh, just below the groin."

A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis doubles after traveling for just four hours.

Comments from Twitter:

@AllergyNet (Dr John Weiner): Blood clots x3 higher on long-distance flights than the general population - Wear those stockings to Australia! Would you believe, I've got tickets to see JT in Melbourne in April, he prob should have a shot of anticoagulant plus the stocking!

Why aging rock stars still tour: "Once the lights go down and the crowds roar, something magical happens. All your aches and pains go"

Thrombosis risks double after 4-hour travel: study. Reuters, 06/2007.
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More information: Ian Anderson Interview, 2003 on YouTube.

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