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Several years ago the deaths of several airline travelers led to warnings about “economy-class syndrome.” The idea is that economy-class passengers don’t have as much leg room as passengers in more expensive seats, so they are more likely to sit essentially motionless for long periods on flights—conditions that may allow blood to pool and clots to form in the legs. This condition is called deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT. Given what you know about blood flow in the veins, explain why periodically getting up and moving around in the plane’s cabin during a long flight may lower the risk that a clot will form.

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Cecie Starr + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305112100
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Human Biology (MindTap Course List)

11th Edition
Cecie Starr + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305112100

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Several years ago the deaths of several airline travelers led to warnings about “economy-class syndrome.” The idea is that economy-class passengers don’t have as much leg room as passengers in more expensive seats, so they are more likely to sit essentially motionless for long periods on flights—conditions that may allow blood to pool and clots to form in the legs. This condition is called deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT. Given what you know about blood flow in the veins, explain why periodically getting up and moving around in the plane’s cabin during a long flight may lower the risk that a clot will form.

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Summary Introduction

To explain: The reason why periodically getting up and moving around in the plane’s cabin during a long flight lowers the risk that a clot will form.

Introduction: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot which develops in deep vein in the body mostly in the leg. DVT mostly occurs in the deep leg vein.

Explanation of Solution

Blood pressure may change with many aspects such as the diameter of the artery, arteriole, venule, or vein the blood is traveling in, with the lowest pressure being in the capillary beds that link the artery system to the venous system.

When an individual sits motionless for longer periods of time in an airline will cause physical compression of blood vessels. The blood pool and the blood cells clump under pressure at the compression point...

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