The Medical Research Institute in New Zealand found that workers who are spending hours in front of their computers may be at the highest risk of developing fatal blood clots.

One third of patients who are being admitted to hospitals due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happen to be office workers spending excessive amounts of time doing their sedentary work.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a disorder that is characterized by formation of a blood clot in a deep vein. These clots are very dangerous as they can move around the body and travel to the heart, lungs or brain and cause chest pain, breathlessness and even death from a heart attack or stroke.

It was previously thought that passengers sitting on long-haul flights without space to stretch out were at most risk of developing blood clots. However, the study showed that out of 62 people admitted to hospital with blood clots, 34% had been sitting at their desk for long periods. Only 21% had recently travelled on a long-distance flight.

There are people who are sitting 14 hours at their work desk, sometimes even going three to four hours at a time without getting up. They take no breaks from the desks, nor do they exercise. This kind of sedentary work is putting people in both physical and psychological trouble since they are neither exercising nor socializing with their colleagues.

What is worse, many employers are failing to provide adequate levels of health and well-being support. Few of the organizations organize health evaluations for their employees and fewer than half provide staff with ergonomic advice.