Continuous TV Watching Associated with Higher Risk of Blood Clots

Recent research from the European Society of Cardiology suggests that watching TV for 4 hours a day or more is associated with a 35% higher risk of blood clots compared with TV watching for fewer than 2.5 hours.Continuous TV Watching Associated with Higher Risk of Blood Clots

Within the scope of the study, a team of scientists analyzed three studies with a total of 131,421 participants aged 40 years and older without pre-existing venous thromboembolism (VTE). The amount of time spent watching TV was assessed by questionnaire and participants were divided into two groups: prolonged viewers (watching TV at least 4 hours per day) and never/seldom viewers (watching TV less than 2.5 hours per day).

The average duration of follow-up in the three studies ranged from 5.1 to 19.8 years. During the period, 964 participants developed VTE. The researchers assessed the relative risk of developing the condition in prolonged versus never/seldom TV watchers. They discovered that prolonged viewers were 1.35 times more likely to develop VTE compared to never/seldom viewers.

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