Long TV Time Poses Clot Risk

Cardiologist Dr. James Catanese concurred. He said when he watches TV, he rides a stationary bike.

If you’re not going to exercise while watching TV, he recommended watching an episode and then doing something physical for 20 minutes.

“Physical inactivity is a risk factor for every cardiovascular disease, including VTEs,” said Catanese, chief of cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He wasn’t involved in the research.

The study included more than 15,000 U.S. adults. They were between 45 and 64 years old when the study began between 1987 and 1989.

The study volunteers were asked if they watched TV “never or seldom, sometimes, often or very often.” TV viewing information was updated in two time periods: 1993-1995 and 2009-2011, the researchers said. The study didn’t gather information on how many minutes a day people watched TV.

During more than 20 years of follow-up, nearly 700 people developed the dangerous blood clots.

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