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Eating lunch at desk and not taking breaks doubles blood clot risk

Published On: Wed, Oct 10th, 2012 | Cardiovascular / Cardiology | By ANI

Ten people a day are dying of blood clots as more and more workers eat at their desk, researchers say.

Nearly 75 percent of office staff between the ages of 21-30 and working 10-hours a day do not get up to take a break, thereby doubling their chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

“We all do it, work long hours and grab a sandwich at our desk,” the Mirror quoted DVT charity Lifeblood’s Annya Stephens-Boal as saying.

Recent figures have shown that the number of DVT victims under 40 is rising rapidly, with 94 dying in 2010 up 40 percent from 67 in 2007.

It kills when blood clots in veins move to the lungs.

Ms Stephens-Boal fears many cases are never detected.

According to experts, the best way to avoid DVT is to keep mobile, lose excess weight, give up smoking and eat a low salt and low fat diet.

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