On an average day in the United States, 274 people are killed by blood clots. Though some groups are more at risk than others, this silent murderer preys upon all people without preference. Any person of any age can develop a deadly blood clot. Tragically, too many people are unaware and do not take the necessary precautions to prevent a clot from developing in their own body. Understanding the facts and risks of a clot—and how to prevent one—is critical.
You might have heard that prolonged sitting and inactivity can lead to the formation of a blood clot—and you’ve heard right: a lack of activity is a big contributor. What can you do if you spend most of your days at a desk in an Atlanta office? Standing at work at your height-adjustable desk and following these other tips can help.
Get Up and Move Frequently
When you are immobile and sitting for an extended period, your blood begins to pool in your legs. The majority of blood clots are born in this way and then travel to other areas of the body where their deadly presence is made all too clear. The longer you sit, the more likely you are to develop a clot. Be sure to get up and walk around the office at least once every two hours. You can also periodically contract your leg muscles while you are sitting at your desk. Standing at work is a great way to get out of the seat and promote full-body circulation.
Make Your Health a Priority
If you keep a drawer full of unhealthy snacks, smoke or spend most of your lunch breaks at your favorite fast food joint—quit today. You are not subject to receiving a second body, and the risks of living an unhealthy lifestyle are all too real. Keep up a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, be as mobile as possible and invest in positive changes such as a height-adjustable desk.
Know the Warning Signs of a Blood Clot
Swelling, redness, discoloration and pain in your legs could be warning signs of a dangerous condition. You should never ignore any indicators of a blood clot. Unfortunately, many blood clots travel to the chest before making their presence known. Shortness of breath, pain in the chest, an elevated heart rate or coughing up blood are all common indicators that this has happened. If you believe that you have a blood clot, no matter where in the body, seek help immediately.
Standing at Work Can Help Prevent Blood Clots
Standing at work can help to improve your circulation and prevent the pooling of blood in your legs. Using a height-adjustable desk gives you freedom to stay in motion while still working on your tasks. This simple office change can save many lives. If you would be interested in learning more about our innovative product, the Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Desk, as well as the many benefits that it offers, visit our product page or contact a representative with Uprite Ergo today.