I was reading an article on deep vein thrombosis in air travel. It seems that the problem is more prevalent than one would think. A great deal of effort goes into preventing planes from crashing but people are many times more likely to die from pulmonary embolism than a plane crash.
I'm wondering what steps have been taken to mitigate the health risks for pilots who spend many more hours sitting in a cramped seat at 8,000 ft of cabin altitude than most passengers. The most common advice for travelers is to do exercises to keep blood flowing and get up and move around occasionally. Is this practical for pilots? It doesn't seem like there is enough leg room to do exercises, not to mention that there are rudder pedals that could cause problems if you push them at the wrong time. If one of the pilots gets up the other pilot is often required to wear his oxygen mask until the first pilot returns. This would tend to make the pilots keep their cockpit excursions to an absolute minimum.
Do most pilots wear pressure stockings? That is another way to help prevent DVT. Is this a priority among the airlines and pilots themselves?