Warning: Sitting at your computer can kill you


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Sep 25, 2002
Warning: Sitting at your computer can kill you

Tom Spears
The Ottawa Citizen

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Sitting at your computer for hours on end can kill you, says a New Zealand doctor who has added one more way modern life can be fatal even when you're not doing anything.

Make that especially when you're not doing anything, says Dr. Richard Beasley of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand.

Human beings were designed to move around, not to sit still for hours, he says.

Recently he treated a young New Zealand man who spent up to 18 hours a day in front of his computer.

The techie was in serious trouble. Because he wasn't moving around, blood pooled in his legs until a "massive" clot formed in a vein there.

The clot then travelled to his lungs and lodged there, nearly killing him. He has now recovered.

The doctor has even coined a new medical term: e-thrombosis.

But in fact, it's a variation on something air travellers have been warned about for years: Sitting too long without moving one's legs can cause the formation of the clots that doctors call a deep venous thrombosis, and which are life-threatening. (Doctors nickname the airline variety "economy class syndrome," because the tighter spaces in economy class don't let passengers move their legs enough to keep the blood moving.)

And last year a Canadian doctor identified another danger of not moving. An elderly patient talked for nearly an hour on the phone and suffered a stroke; by keeping his head tilted sideways over the receiver he had put pressure on a blood vessel in his neck, cutting off blood flow to the brain.

E-thrombosis may be the 21st-century variant of the attacks that began in airplanes, says a note from the European Respiratory Journal, a medical journal that publishes Beasley's work in its latest edition.

And Beasley warns there may be plenty of other cases that medical researchers haven't yet recognized.

"It may be similar to the situation with the risk of blood clots with long distance air travel -- it was not until there was publicity with individual cases that the real extent of the problem was recognized," he said.

His advice is simple: Keep moving. Go for a walk periodically to keep the circulation moving, or at least move your legs around under the desk.

© Copyright 2003 Vancouver Sun


Always remembered in our hearts
Apr 17, 2002
I take my 81 mg aspirin BEFORE I sit down to the computer! Especially when coming to random! :D Everything in one way or another is capable of killing us...why worry about them all! :) Take care. angel
Sep 24, 2002
TooToby just sent me this:

Let's see if I understand how America works lately . . .

If a woman burns her thighs on the hot coffee she was holding in her lap while driving, she blames the restaurant.

If your teen-age son kills himself, you blame the rock 'n' roll music or musician he liked.

If you smoke three packs a day for 40 years and die of lung cancer, your family blames the tobacco company.

If your daughter gets pregnant by the football captain you blame the school for poor sex education.

If your neighbor crashes into a tree while driving home drunk, you blame the bartender.

If your cousin gets AIDS because the needle he used to
shoot up with heroin was dirty, you blame the government for not providing clean ones.

If your grandchildren are brats without manners, you blame television.

If your friend is shot by a deranged madman, you blame the gun manufacturer!

If a crazed person climbs into the cockpit of an airliner and tries
to kill the pilots at 35,000 feet and the passengers kill him
instead, the mother of the deceased blames the airline.

I must have lived too long to understand the world as it is anymore.

So if I die while my old, wrinkled rear is parked in front of this computer, I want you to blame Bill Gates, ok?


Always remembered in our hearts
Apr 17, 2002
Rhett: Ok and if I get in a car accident blame it on drinking coffee! A natural go-pill. :) angel :)
Oct 9, 2001
you mean..............im gonna die of deap vein thrombosis.
and i cant even afford a plane ticket?:eek:
May 26, 2002
Warning: Sitting at your computer can kill you
My fiance has been telling me this for years....



She says it will get me killed....nevermind......

;) ;) ;)

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