Prolonged Sitting and its Relation to Blood Clots

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Gone are the days where we had to walk to the post office to send mail, go to the store to pick out a gadget we like, or even walk to the other room across the office just to have some good ‘ol cooler gossip. With the many benefits of technology making work possible just by a few clicks on the keyboard, more activities have and are soon to become sedentary, but is it worth the convenience? Study shows that there is a correlation between developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), otherwise known as blood clots in the veins, and those that sit for most periods of the day at work similarly to going on long distance air travels.

A study conducted by Bridget Healy et. al (2010) in New Zealand involving 197 patients attending outpatient venous thromboembolism discovered that 9.6% have found that prolonged work and computer-related seated mobility increases the risk of VTE.  She suggested that both work environment and behaviors contributed to the risk of VTE and that employees are twice as likely to have a venous thromboembolism if they had their own desk and always ate their lunch at work, putting them at a risk similar to air travelers on long-haul flights.

A solution to this health risk is to stay active during work by taking frequent breaks to stretch and move around, breaking the chain of immobility. Innovations that can change workplace mobility are adjustable desks, or more popularly known as stand-up desks. They can be adjusted to promote mobility without compromising productivity. They promote comfort and personalization because every worker has a different body type and height that needs to be tailored with their workspace.

 

Reference:

Healy, B., Levin, E., Perrin, K., Weatherall, M., & Beasley, R. (2010). Prolonged work-and computer-
related seated immobility and risk of venous thromboembolism. Journal of the Royal Society of
Medicine, 103 (11), 447-454.

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