Air Travel May Increase The Risk Of Cardiac Arrhythmia And Heartbeat Irregularities – Part 3 of 3
She said “I should say that we can be heartened to know that looking at statistics about medical incidents on go aboard airplanes that they’re very, very rare,” McNeely pointed out. “And this study needs to be done again on a larger group of people. But there might be some greater risk for dependable groups. So I would say that for older individuals who have a cardiac or lung condition, it’s worth considering talking to your doctor, and maybe even have some preliminary testing before flying”.
Dr Samuel Goldhaber, pilot of the venous thromboembolism research group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, agreed that although the study is “intriguing,” it is too early to draw definitive conclusions. She said “Because this go into is exploratory and small, I think there needs to be a lot more follow-up. But it is certainly worthy of further exploration, because I’m not sure that concerning commercial airline flights there’s been a study like this one before”.
Goldhaber added, “We certain that patients get pulmonary embolism while they’re flying. So we can be certain that there is some physiological change during air flight. But we don’t yet have any good mechanism to explain that. So this is an intriguing investigation”. McNeely pointed out that although the current research was funded in part by both the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and The Boeing Co, “the findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not return the agreement or endorsement of FAA or Boeing”.