About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Long Hours At Computer Screen May Also Cause Deep Vein Thrombosis

by Medindia Content Team on May 10, 2006 at 12:53 PM
Font : A-A+

Long Hours At Computer Screen May Also Cause Deep Vein Thrombosis

In an announcement yesterday health experts had warned that office workers sit at their computer screens for long periods without a break have an increased risk of being affected by deep vein thrombosis.

This warning was issued after reports that a computer programmer from Bristol almost died after a 12-hour stint in front of his screen in what is believed to be one of the first cases in the UK of a growing phenomenon dubbed e-thrombosis emerged.

Advertisement

Beverley Hunt, medical director of the charity Lifeblood, said that very few office workers were aware that they could be affected in the same way as air travel passengers. Dr Hunt explained that immobility is a key factor in causing thrombosis. The term e-thrombosis was coined after a 32-year-old man in New Zealand inexplicably suffered a pulmonary embolism. He often spent 12 hours a day at his computer and did not stand up for hours.

Yesterday a Bristol computer programmer Chris Simmons, 41, told how he collapsed in agony after spending 12 hours at his screen and was unable to move. A few days later he had begun to cough up blood. When he underwent an MRI scan a pulmonary embolism,
Advertisement
a blood clot that travelled from his leg and lodged in his lung was spotted. Mr Simmons, who works from home, is a vegetarian and not overweight but he has changed his routine. "Now I get up from the computer more often, even if it it's just to play with the cats for 10 minutes, or make a cup of tea," he said.
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World Hypertension Day 2022 - Measure Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
Drinking This Popular Beverage May Drop Dementia Risk
Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Deep Vein Thrombosis 

Most Popular on Medindia

A-Z Drug Brands in India Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Color Blindness Calculator Selfie Addiction Calculator Find a Doctor How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Post-Nasal Drip Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine)

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use