Pulmonary Embolism: The Disease of Gamers

What is Pulmonary Embolism?
It is a condition that is described as the blocking of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a something or a substance that has traveled through the bloodstream from anywhere in the body.

According to Wikipedia, pulmonary embolism is usually due a blood clot from the veins in the legs. Sometimes, the blockage is caused by “air, fat, talc in drugs of intravenous drug abusers or amniotic fluid”.

Who are Most at Risk?
Earlier it was recorded that the people who are most at risk for PE are cancer patients, travelers on long flights, and those who are on bed rest for a long time. But now, PE is posing a new risk to gamers.

The most recent recorded case is the story of Chris Staniforth, 20. He is studying Game Design at the Leicester University because he is a really good gamer. In the end, that was what killed him. According to his father, David Staniforth, Chris would spend up to 12 hours straight playing with his Xbox without stopping. The bereaved father said that his son got hooked to playing the game called Halo against gamers from all over the world. Now, the older Staniforth has launched a campaign that increases awareness on the dangers of playing for long periods without moving from their position. Chris reportedly just collapsed. He was a healthy 20-year-old with no other problems but he died because of too much gaming.

What are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism?
The most common symptoms of PE are breathing difficulty, chest pains, and palpitations. Chris Staniforth complained of his heart rate slowing down before he finally collapsed to his death.

When diagnosed, PE sufferers will be found to have low blood oxygen saturation, cyanosis, rapid breathing, and a rapid heart rate. And, as with our recent victim, it could just lead to sudden death.

Tsk Tsk. It is such a waste to see talented gamers losing lives over the things that they so love. The motto here should still be “Everything in Moderation.” There really is nothing wrong with playing or gaming or eating–everything should just be done in moderation.

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