Posted: 28/11/2013 at 21:03
As the nurse giving me my injection (something I now have to do myself) said "you are the fittest looking person I have seen with blood clots on both lungs", I thought I should investigate why I have a condition more associated with sedentary people often with underlying health and circulation issues.
As the outlook of a Pulmonary Embolism ranges from a debilitating illness with long recovery and months of medication, through to sudden death, you might want to read this...
- About 85% of air travel thrombosis victims are athletic, usually endurance-type athletes like marathoners. People with slower resting blood flow are at greater risk of stasis, stagnant blood subject to clotting. Also, they are more likely to have bruises and sore muscles that can trigger clotting. (from airhealth.org)
There are plenty of articles like this. Other factors seem to be that dehydration leads to increased blood viscosity and the signs of blood clots, usually pains in the legs, could often be mistaken for usual muscle soreness.
I guess this applies equally to any training/ racing followed by sitting still, driving long distances or a long train ride.
So be careful out there and make sure you are hydrated and keep mobile whilst travelling!