Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New risk factors for DVT?

Every good medical student can tell you the primary risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT, or blood clots in your legs): smoking while on birth control, cancer patients, hypercoaguable abnormalities, and long plane flights. Well, add a new one to the list - office workers!

This study from New Zealand demonstrates that office workers are at increased risk of DVT formation, even compared to "long plane flight" patients. Who knew? I guess people need to get off their asses more at work instead of sitting in front of a computer screen all day. Not only is it good for cardiovascular health, but it just may prevent DVTs too.

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