If a blood clot is left untreated, it can cause long-term damage to various organs. Some even get disordered and cut off the blood supply to the lungs resulting in
Watching TV for a long time increases the risk of blood clots
A new study examined the link between television viewing and venous thromboembolism (VTE). It includes pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung) and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in a deep vein, usually a leg, can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism).
For the study, the researchers conducted a systematic review to gather the available evidence on the topic and then combined the results using a process known as analysis. aggregate integration.
Multiple studies are combined in a meta-analysis for a larger sample and to make the results more accurate and reliable than the results of an individual study. The analysis included three studies with a total of 131,421 participants aged 40 years and older with no prior VTE.
The amount of time watching TV was assessed using a questionnaire, and they were classified as binge viewers (watching TV at least 4 hours per day) and never/rarely viewers (watching TV less than 2.5 hours per day). day).
During a median follow-up that ranged from 5.1 to 19.8 years, 964 participants developed VTE. The researchers then analyzed the relative risk of developing VTE among binge drinkers compared with never/rarely watching TV.
They see that participants who watched more than 4 hours of television were 1.35 times more likely to develop VTE than those who never/rarely watched. Links regardless of age, gender, body mass index (BMI), and physical activity.
These findings indicate that regardless of how physically active you are, long hours of television viewing is considered an activity with a higher risk of blood clot formation.
The researchers also note that this finding is based on observational studies and does not prove that prolonged television viewing causes blood clots.
A possible reason for this relationship is that prolonged television viewing is associated with immobility, a risk factor for VTE.
In addition, sitting in a cramped position for a long time causes blood to pool in the extremities rather than to circulate vigorously.
The results of this study suggest that limiting screen time along with stretching every 30 minutes and cutting down on unhealthy snacking can reduce the risk of fatal blood clots.
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