When you have a Thrombosis such as a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or blood clot, in the leg, you are at risk from a Pulmonary Embolism. When this occurs part of the clot breaks off (an Embolus) travels up the leg with the blood flow, through the right side of the heart and lodges in an artery in the lung (A Pulmonary Artery).
Should it be the case that it is small blood clots that break off and partially block the smaller pulmonary arteries into the lung that part of the lung will die, this in turn also effects the supply of Oxygen to the lungs, resulting in breathlessness and pain.
If you find you are suffering symptoms like this and have been prescribed an inhaler, it may be that you have been misdiagnosed with Asthma. Our advice is to examine your lifestyle and if you find that you have fallen into the risk area for DVT, please advise your doctor and ask for a second opinion.
Sometimes many small particles may break off and cause multiple pulmonary emboli, you will suffer from increasing breathlessness, again consult your doctor tell him about this article and describe your lifestyle and possible DVT link.
The main symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism are shortness of breath and chest pain, the symptoms of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) may also be present. Occasionally patients may have unexpected grey – clammy skin, dizziness, with panicky episodes and a persistent cough.
Larger Embolus (Blood Clots) is very serious and may completely block the larger Pulmonary Arteries which cause sudden death. Smaller clots can also travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is a serious medical emergency, and you are advised to call for an ambulance if appropriate, excessive movement can allow the clot to move quickly to your lungs where you are in immanent danger of Death.
E-Thrombosis is a new term, coined by a team of doctors in New Zealand led by Prof Richard Beasley, Prof Beasley has made the connection between sitting at desk and the development of DVT and then Pulmonary Embolism.
The association between sitting and DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) was first recognized in London during the blitz in World War 2, this was when many people spent the night sleeping in deck chairs. Professor Beasley has also used the term "Seated Immobility Syndrome" to cover Thrombosis in areas such as gaming and long haul travel or indeed when sat working for many hours at a computer desk.
A recent study as shown that after sitting immobile for just 90 minutes, the blood flow reduces to the popliteal vein (behind the knee) by 40%. This would predispose to DVT.
Our advice to gamers is to be fully aware of the risks of being immobile and dehydrated and to ensure that you play safe by “taking time out” and hydrating, the risks are too great and prevention is better than the cure.