We've all heard the horror stories about people on long plane rides getting ill (and even dying) from blood clots called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A recent study from the Medical Research Institute in Wellington, New Zealand has shown that a more common activity may put you at more risk for DVT. What is it?
Your desk job [insert horror music here]. The researchers found that more people admitted to the hospital for DVT were not coming from long distance airplane rides, but from their desk jobs where they may sit up to 14 hours in any given day. What's to be learned from this? Allow yourself a few breaks to get up and move. If you're not good at remembering to do this, download software onto your computer that reminds you to take a stretch break. Walk over to your coworkers desk instead of sending an email. Have walking meetings. Take a 10 minute walk up and down the block. If scary blood clots aren't enough to convince you to take a few breaks, then think of the extra calories you'll burn!
Deep Vein Thrombosis in depth: DVT is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein that most commonly occurs in the legs. The real problem arises when the clots break free and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, heart or brain and cause potential breathing problems, chest pain, or even death.