A Medical Warning for Video Gamers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Video gamers who participate in marathon sessions may be putting their health at risk.
In May 2011, a 20-year-old video gamer from England died when a blood clot formed in his leg and moved to his lungs. The man often remained in the same position playing video games for 12 hours straight.
“Movement is essential for proper blood flow,” said Anil Hingorani, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. “Sitting in the same position for long periods of time — whether playing video games or cramped in a car or on an airplane — can result in pooling of the blood in the veins. Blood clots known as deep vein thromboses (DVT) can form.”
The 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics reveal that 300,000 to 600,000 Americans die each year from blood clots in the lungs. In 2003, 39-year-old NBC News reporter David Bloom died when a blood clot in his leg traveled to his lungs. The clot formed after weeks of driving around Baghdad in a cramped military tank.
“Stand up and stretch,” advises Dr. Hingorani. “Walk around. Raise and lower your heels and toes. Tighten and release your leg muscles. This will help promote blood flow.”
DVTs usually occur in persons who are sick and have had long hospital stays. The risk factors for DVTs include the following:
* obesity
* a history of heart attacks
* strokes
* congestive heart failure
* inflammatory bowel disease
Women who are pregnant, nursing or taking birth control pills are also at increased risk for DVTs.
Half of DVT patients do not experience the warning signs, which include:
* swelling
* tenderness
* leg pain
* a sensation of warmth
* skin that turns blue or red
Ultrasound tests can detect blood clots. Treatment options typically use anticoagulant medication.
For additional information about DVTs or other vascular health conditions, visit www.VascularWeb.org.

Planning for Comfort During Long Road Trips

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Road trips can provide a great source of tunes, good conversation and relaxation throughout any travel season. However, long hours on the road can often result in body aches, poor nutrition and other challenges for drivers stuck behind the wheel.
To avoid such pitfalls and make the experience a bit less taxing on the body, champion Porsche race car driver Patrick Long has developed a set of guidelines for drivers everywhere. Long, an American Le Mans Series race car driver who can be in his car for up to 12 hours at a time, recommends these tips for any kind of distance driving:
Fuel-Up: If you pack a small cooler with water bottles and healthy snacks like fruits and veggies, this can deter the temptation to reach for non-healthy items on the road.
Stability: Stability should be your number-one concern when taking a long road trip. Many people stick pillows behind their backs for lumbar support, but the main goal is to always have your spine straight. Sit with the seat fully contacting your back; allow the structure of the seat to do its job in supporting your spine.
Body Positioning: Maintain proper posture by not leaning one way or the other in the seat. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Authority, a driver’s hands should both be placed on the outside of the steering wheel on opposite sides. Long recommends the “9 and 3” hand position. Having proper position in the car is also relative to the pedals — if you’re too close you’re cramped. If you’re too far away, you’ll end up slouching down to reach them. Sit close enough to the wheel so there’s a slight bend at your elbows and keep your arms relaxed.
Take Frequent Pit Stops: For longer-distance road adventures, take frequent pit stops in order to stretch your legs and improve the blood flow in your body. To prevent a sore lower back experienced after driving, focus on core stability and strength exercises. Long suggests planks, leg lifts and crunches on an exercise ball to strengthen your core.
To find more information about Long, check out www.porsche.com/usa.

Don’t Let Lack of Comfort Cramp Your Road Trip

Road trips can provide a great source of tunes, good conversation and relaxation throughout any travel season. However, long hours on the road can often result in body aches, poor nutrition and other challenges for drivers stuck behind the wheel.

To avoid such pitfalls and make the experience a bit less taxing on the body, champion Porsche race car driver Patrick Long has developed a set of guidelines for drivers everywhere. Long, an American Le Mans Series race car driver who can be in his car for up to 12 hours at a time, recommends these tips for any kind of distance driving: