Excessive daily TV watching could prove fatal
Pulmonary embolism happens when a blood clot settles in the lung. Typically, the blood clot first forms in the pelvis or the leg because of slowed blood flow and inactivity. Pulmonary embolism is typically seen in travelers who are flying for lengthy periods of time; now, health experts see these same concerns in people who watch excessive amounts of TV.
Physical activity is the best solution for pulmonary embolism. Standing up to flex and stretch leg muscles may reduce the chance of developing blood clots and pulmonary embolism.
Research first started between 1988 and 1990, as scientists in Japan surveyed 86,024 volunteers between the ages of 40 and 79, asking how many hours of TV they watched. Throughout the next 19 years, 59 of the volunteers died from pulmonary embolism.
The AHA’s Circulation journal includes a study that details how the clot travels from the pelvis or the leg to the lung. It can then become stuck inside a small blood vessel.
When subjects watched between 2.5 and 4.9 hours of TV, their chances of developing pulmonary embolism increased 70 percent. For every two more hours of TV, the rates rose by 40 percent; for volunteers who watched five or more hours of TV, it increased by 2.5 times.
“Pulmonary embolism occurs at a lower rate in Japan than it does in Western countries, but it may be on the rise,” Dr. Hiroyasu Iso, professor of public health at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and study corresponding author, said. “The Japanese people are increasingly adopting sedentary lifestyles, which we believe is putting them at increased risk.”
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