Navigation Links
Sitting for long periods doubles risk of blood clots in the lungs
Date:7/4/2011

Women who sit for long periods of time everyday are two to three times more likely to develop a life-threatening blood clot in their lungs than more active women, finds a study published on bmj.com today.

The new study is the first to prove that a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of developing a pulmonary embolism a common cause of heart disease.

An editorial published alongside the study says that, although the risk is small equivalent to seven extra cases per 10,000 person years, and only slightly higher than seen in users of oral contraceptives or long haul airplane travel - the findings could have major health ramifications.

Pulmonary embolism develops when part, or all, of the blood clot travels through the bloodstream from the deep veins in the leg and up into the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chest pain and coughing.

While other studies have explored the relationship between physical activity and pulmonary embolism, few data are available linking the condition with physical inactivity.

Dr Christopher Kabrhel and colleagues studied 69,950 female nurses over an 18-year period providing detailed information about their lifestyle habits by completing biennial questionnaires.

They found that the risk of pulmonary embolism is more than two times higher in women who spend most time sitting (more than 41 hours a week outside of work) compared with those who spend least time sitting (less than 10 hours a week outside of work).

The results remained conclusive after taking account of factors such as age, body mass index and smoking, adding to the evidence that physical inactivity is a major cause of this condition.

The study also shows that physical inactivity correlated with heart disease and hypertension and could be one of the hidden mechanisms that link arterial disease and venous disease.

The authors conclude that physical inactivity is associated with incident pulmonary embolism in women, and suggest that public health campaigns that discourage physical inactivity among the general population could reduce the incidence of pulmonary embolism.

In the accompanying editorial, researchers in Canada say the study "reinforces the notion that prolonged inactivity increases the risk of venous thromboembolism, and it shows how this occurs in everyday life." The findings also indirectly support the use of preventive interventions for at risk people with prolonged immobility, they conclude.


'/>"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmjgroup.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Taking Short Breaks From Sitting May Help Waistline and Heart
2. Study links more time spent sitting to higher risk of death
3. Sitting Docs Have Happier Patients
4. Hormone Linked to Absence of Periods in Women With Low Body Fat
5. Starting periods before the age of 10 increases risk of lung complaints in future
6. How do data exclusivity periods affect pharmaceutical innovation?
7. Text message support for smokers doubles quit rates
8. Urinary incontinence doubles risk of postpartum depression
9. Bankruptcy Risk Nearly Doubles in Year After Cancer Diagnosis
10. Award-winning study: Hardening of the arteries doubles the risk of mortality
11. Quality-adjusted life years lost to US adults due to obesity more than doubles from 1993-2008
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... The Muscular Dystrophy Association and ... launched the 14th annual “Appetite for a Cure” campaign on Feb. 1 to ... and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility. , Now through ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... After years as an active staff surgeon ... and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Wayne Carman transitioned to chief of the Division of Plastic ... first three-year term as chief and began a second three-year term in January of ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... The American public tends to feel uncomfortable about drinking recycled waste ... or well water. The recent experience with lead contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, according ... toward increasing public acceptance of recycled waste water as drinking water. , The ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Pivot Point Consulting, a leading ... Software & Services for HIT Implementation Support & Staffing report with an outstanding ... performance by healthcare executives, managers and clinicians representing over 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Dr. ... announces that it is now welcoming orthodontist, Dr. Amanda Cheng, to the practice. ... range of oral health care, including general dentistry, cosmetic treatments, periodontics, implant ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016 Site Profile: --> ... - The Speech Recognition People, announced their latest primary healthcare case ... care, reduce turnaround times and to save the practice money. ... since 2013 Challenge: --> ,- Wirral CCG ... - Six doctors ,- Wirral CCG ,- VoicePower client since 2013 ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... WASHINGTON , Feb. 4, 2016  The ... Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason ... (D-MD) for holding today,s hearing , "Developments ... drug price increases and growing questions about abusive ... Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016  Montoya Love is recognized by ... field of Pharmaceuticals. Montoya is the Regulatory Systems Operations ... Manufacturing and selling a ... Dickinson provides healthcare institutions, clinical laboratories and life ... countries across the globe. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: