Give Your Legs a Break!

Fight Deep Vein Thrombosis, Take a Break!Think working through lunch is doing you any favors? Sure, that extra ten or twenty minutes of typing away at your desk might make your boss smile—it might even relieve a bit of work pressure and make it so you don’t have to stay late after work. However, it could also be increasing your chances developing a potentially dangerous blood clot in your leg known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Workers who don’t take breaks to get up from their desks double their risk of deep vein thrombosis, but Atlanta, Marietta and Cartersville are all busy places to live. There are deadlines, there are unexpected surprises and there is an endless list of things to do. Still, as the old saying goes, if you don’t have your health you don’t have much of anything.

A research firm in the UK, ComRes, found that 75 percent of office workers between the ages of 21 and 30 aren’t taking breaks at work. Even at lunch, more workers report that they stay at their desks while they munch away instead of getting up, walking around and socializing with their coworkers.

Unfortunately, this stark increase in break-free workdays can potentially have a huge impact on workers’ health.

Blood Clots and your Lunch Break

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition marked by the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins within the legs. There aren’t always symptoms that accompany deep vein thrombosis. Sometimes people experience swelling in their leg, foot or ankle, lingering pain or a tingling sensation or warmth in the lower extremities. Others might notice discoloration of the skin in the area surrounding the blood clot.

However, the majority of people with deep vein thrombosis experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. This means that many people with the condition don’t know they have it.

If the blood clot leaves the deep veins it can travel to the lungs and result in a pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially fatal condition.

Being sedentary increases your risk for developing deep vein thrombosis. Unfortunately, office environments put individuals who don’t otherwise consider themselves to be sedentary at risk for the condition. Being active during your personal life is a great way to reduce your risk and potentially prevent DVT from developing, but if you aren’t taking breaks at work and are instead sitting for eight hours a day with incredibly little movement, you could still develop DVT.

To prevent deep vein thrombosis workers should take advantage of the breaks they are entitled and use them to stand and walk around. Pace around your office, go for a walk around the parking lot or stand and do simple exercises in your cubicle.

For more advice on how to prevent and treat DVT, talk with your vein specialist.

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