Gamers Thrombosis: How playing too long can be dangerous

Advice for preventing dangerous blood clots during video game marathons

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During long holidays and snow days, it’s tempting to use the time playing video games. With online players in different time zones, the urge is strong to play for hours and hours. But doctors warn of a health risk of playing too long in the virtual landscape: gamers thrombosis.

University of Michigan Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Steven Kronick says there’s a rise in cases of gamers thrombosis, blood clots called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that result from inactivity during game play.

“Gaming can be distracting and the hours can just melt away,” says Dr. Kronick. “Prolonged sitting is a risk factor for developing venothromboembolic disease or blood clots. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting on a very long air flight or on your living room couch. It’s the same mechanism.”

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Traveling this holiday season? Know the risks of DVT

Tips for travelers on extended flights or drives

planeThe 2014 year-end holiday travel period is defined by AAA as beginning today, Tuesday, December 23, through Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Travel volume for the year-end holidays will reach the highest peak recorded by AAA (since 2001), with nearly 91 percent of all travelers (89.5 million) celebrating the holidays with a road trip and 5.7 million travelers taking to the skies.

Travelers with varicose veins — both men and women — should know the risks of DVT. Anyone with varicose veins is at a slightly higher risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during a long flight or ride.

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Women and DVT

Are you at risk?

A woman’s risk for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism varies with hormonal exposure,Jane1.fw which makes pregnancy, use of hormone replacement therapy or birth control products important risk factors. According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, DVT and PE are the most common causes of maternal-related deaths.

If you’re pregnant, you can take precautions to prevent clots. The American Society of Hematology recommends the following:

  • Be aware of risk factors.
  • Know your family history.
  • Make sure your doctor knows about any history of blood clots or blood clotting disorders in your family.
  • Remain active, with your doctor’s approval.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. Visit your doctor immediately if you think you have one. Continue reading

Time for spring destinations!

Know the risks of DVT during travel

For many, this time of year means spring travel is on the agenda. Those with varicose veins — bothplane men and women — should know that they are at a slightly higher risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) during a long flight or ride.

Even if you don’t have varicose veins, do you know the risks of DVT during travel? Here are tips for anyone flying or traveling for long periods of time (4 or more hours):

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Are you at risk?

March is DVT Awareness Month

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in the large veins of the legs or pelvic region. If the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, a pulmonary embolism (PE) may result.legs2_DVT

An estimated 900,000 people are affected by deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism each year, so identifying a person’s risk factors is important in preventing DVT. If you’re at risk, in most cases you can modify and reduce that risk.

Who’s at risk?

Risk factors for DVT and PE include:

  • Advanced age
  • Active cancer and cancer treatments
  • Immobility, paralysis
  • Recent trauma, surgery or hospitalization
  • Family history or personal history of DVT or PE
  • Pregnancy and the period around delivery
  • Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies
  • Obesity
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Infections
  • Inherited and acquired blood clotting abnormalities
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Do you have healthy legs?

Sitting or standing most of the day can cause vein problems

Woman seated at desk with legs crossed

Sitting at a desk for most of the day can cause vein issues

Do you spend much of your day sitting or standing? If so, you may have vein issues ranging from spider veins to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots, says Angela Haley, manager of the Michigan Livonia Vein Center. If your legs are in need of attention — either for cosmetic purposes or health-related issues — Haley advises you to see your doctor or a healthcare professional “for a comprehensive evaluation of the health of your legs.”

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