People who spend long hours sitting in front of a computer screen risk developing life-threatening blood clots, medical researchers warn.
Dubbed "e-Thrombosis," the disorder is reported in the European Respiratory Journal by a group of researchers who describe a 32-year-old man who almost died after developing a massive blood clot that formed in his leg veins and travelled to his lungs. The man spent up to 18 hours a day working at his computer, the report said.
According to the lead researcher, Richard Beasley, this certainly isn't an isolated case.
Beasley, director of the New Zealand Medical Research Institute, and his colleagues says the incident may be the first reported case of "prolonged mobility sitting at a computer and life-threatening" blood clots resulting.
Beasley has also led a team of New Zealand researchers investigating airplane "economy class syndrome" or deep vein thrombosis linked to long-distance air travel.
Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs. It can be fatal when part of the clot breaks off and blocks a blood vessel in the lungs.