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Doctors Recommend That We Take Regular Breaks From Our Work Desks

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Doctors Recommend That We Take Regular Breaks From Our Work Desks

The risk of developing blood clots with prolonged sitting at work or at home has been highlighted in a New Zealand study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

The study, which was funded by ACC, reports that prolonged work and computer-related seated immobility represents a common and important risk factor for developing blood clots that are potentially life-threatening.

The study identified that prolonged work and computer-related sitting was associated with a three-fold increased risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Furthermore, both the maximum number of hours seated, as well as the number of hours seated without getting up, were associated with an increased risk of both DVT and PE.

These findings were similar to the situation with traveller's thrombosis in which both the duration of the flight and immobility during the flight having been shown to be associated with an increased risk of DVT and PE.

Professor Richard Beasley from Wellington Hospital (Capital & Coast District Health Board) says "the risk of developing blood clots with prolonged seated immobility is largely unrecognised. However, this study has shown that it is an important risk factor". Professor Beasley recommended that with the current state of knowledge it would seem prudent to advise all people who commonly sit for prolonged periods at a computer to undertake frequent leg and foot exercises and to take regular breaks away from their computer.

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