Desk jobs could double the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots in the legs or lungs, according to a new study.
It shows being desk-bound may lead to workers facing as much of a threat from DVT (deep vein thrombosis) as passengers on long haul flights. It has even been dubbed "e-thrombosis" after the long hours some workers spend in front of their computers.
The study, published yesterday in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, involved 97 patients under the age of 65 attending a hospital outpatient clinic in New Zealand. All had previously been admitted to hospital with a DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE).
DVT is caused by blood clots forming in the deep veins of the legs which if they travel to the lungs may trigger a pulmonary embolism that can cause the lungs to collapse and heart failure.
The condition is caused by blood clots forming in a vein, often as a result of immobility. If part or all of the clot breaks off and lodges in the lung 30 per cent of people will die without treatment. A DVT is a blood clot in the legs or thighs while pulmonary embolism is a highly dangerous clot in the lungs.
The risk of DVT to patients after surgery is well recognised while travel DVT is known to affect airline passengers and even those on long journeys by other forms of transport. But less well publicised is the threat posed by sedentary behaviour.
Source - Daily Mail