We often leave for long drives after preparing for many things including snacks for the way, water, route among many others. However, most of us forget to wear comfortable clothes for the journey. A 30-year-old businessman – Saurabh Sharma learnt the importance of wearing comfortable clothes during a long drive that made him go to the hospital when he nearly died. Here is what happened.
Saurabh Sharma went on a trip to Rishikesh from Delhi and came back. He developed a clot in the veins of the leg, which is also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The clot in the veins then travelled to his lungs with the blood flow, which caused pulmonary embolism or blockage of one of the arteries in the lungs due to the blood clot.
It led to decreased blood flow to the vital organs including the heart and the brain. An unsuspecting Sharma developed difficulty in breathing and then became unconscious. He collapsed and was quickly shifted to hospital.
The Max Super Speciality Hospital diagnosis revealed a drop in blood pressure and pulse rate. Both of them were so low that the instruments could not read them at all. The doctors suspected cardiac arrest.
After giving CPR for 45 minutes, doctors were able to revive. At the same moment, doctors conducted an echocardiogram while continuing the CPR. Since he did not have a history of cardiac problems. On further investigation, doctors found out that Sharma has suffered DVT in his left leg, which led to pulmonary embolism.
Found unconscious on the staircase
Sharma’s colleague found him unconscious on the office staircase. He regained consciousness but then fell unconscious again.
Dr Naveen Bhamri, Director & HoD, Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh,
“Due to low BP over a long period, his kidneys were unable to function properly. He was put on a 24-hour dialysis therapy. We later found that he suffered from a massive pulmonary embolism because of the long drive. He was wearing tight-fitting denim, which can be a reason for the clot in his leg,”
Jeans was the cause
Saurabh Sharma was driving a high-end automatic car wearing tight jeans. The jeans were found to be the culprit here. Since he did not move the left leg much as it was an automatic car, he stayed stationary in the position for hours and the tight jeans caused the blood to clot.
This is why one should always take a walk and do stretches frequently during long drives. Drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated also helps a lot. Taking regular breaks while driving through long distances will help you keep concentration on the roads too. So next time you’re out on a long drive, ensure that you are choosing the most comfortable clothes from your wardrobe.