IT staff risk deep vein thrombosis at work

IT professionals are at greater risk of deep vein thrombosis – potentially fatal bloodclots in the legs – than long-haul air passengers, a new study has revealed.

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IT professionals are at greater risk of deep vein thrombosis – potentially fatal bloodclots in the legs – than long-haul air passengers, a new study has revealed.

The study carried out by New Zealand’s Medical Research Institute found that more than a third of 62 patients admitted to hospital with deep vein thrombosis had spent long periods sitting at their desks, compared with just 1.4% who had recently been on a long-haul flight.

Professor Richard Beasley, who led the study, said: “There are considerably more people who are seated for long periods at work as part of their normal day than there are travelling.”

He added that the main groups affected were IT and call centre staff. Beasley said the study had also found that the bloodclot patients who spent much of their time sitting down worked very long hours. “We had people not uncommonly working up to 12-14 hours a day and being seated for that time," he said.

The research is due to be published next month in the New Zealand Medical Journal..

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