Is Sitting at Working Desk Prone to Cause DVT?

Well, if you’re sitting completely still and letting yourself get dehydrated, you are increasing your risk factors.

But you can get one from just sitting at your desk. That’s what research from 2007 found. It showed that a third of patients admitted to hospital with DVT were office workers who spent long periods at their computer. A total of 34 per cent of the 62 people admitted to hospital with blood clots had been seated at their desks for long periods.

Mind you, it’s probably very unlikely that you would develop a DVT from sitting at your desk if you are otherwise well with no other risk factors.

The good news is there are ways to reduce your risk of developing a DVT from sitting at work. The most important thing is to simply limit the time you spend sitting. After all, sitting has been called ‘the new smoking’ – and with good reason.

According to Better Health Channel, sitting can put you at increased risk of metabolic syndrome, poor posture (and therefore problems with your spine), diabetes, and may even increase your risk of certain cancers.

If you must stay at your desk for long periods of time, don’t just sit there. Stand up when possible. Do calf raises at your desk. Move your legs around.

When you can, go for exercise breaks often. Aim to get up from your desk at least once an hour. That can be as simple as going to the bathroom, or filling up your water bottle. You might want to actually go tell your colleague something, rather than send her an email.

Also, reduce your other risk factors if possible. If you smoke, quit. If you’re overweight, aim to shed some kilos. Stay hydrated.

If you’re worried about developing a DVT, or think you may have one, speak to your doctor. In the meantime, try to limit the time you spend inactive at your desk. Not only will you lower your risk of developing a DVT, your health in general will thank you.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.