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Excessive TV Viewing Increases Risk of Venous thromboembolism

By jeremyc | November 11, 2017

According to a new study, people who watch TV very often have a greater risk of developing venous thromboembolism, compared those who hardly watch TV.

Venous thromboembolism (or VTE for short) is used to refer different conditions involving blood clots in veins. The term includes pulmonary embolism (or PE for short) as well as deep vein thrombosis (or DVT for short).

When blood clots develop in veins like pelvis, arms, or legs, it is called DVT. On the other hand, when a blood clot enters the arteries of lungs, it is called PE.

VTE is the third most common vascular condition, the first two being heart attacks and strokes. This is the first study in which TV viewing was linked to greater risk of VTE.

In this study, the researchers study data of more than 15,000 people, all of whom were asked to categorize their TV viewing in any of the 4 categories: “very often,” “never or rarely,” “often,” and “sometimes”.

Compared to individuals in “never or rarely” category, people who reported watching TV  very often showed a 1.7 times greater risk of developing VTE.

What’s more, this risk was the same for individuals in the “very often” group reported who reported exercising regularly.

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