scorecardresearch
Sunday, Nov 27, 2022

Sitting while watching TV linked to higher risk of heart attack, says new study

The participants who had logged the most TV-viewing hours (four or more hours a day) had a 50 per cent greater risk of cardiovascular events and death compared to those who watched the least amount of TV (less than two hours a day).

heart attack, heart attack risk, indian express health, indian express Even for the most dedicated TV watchers, moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as walking briskly or doing aerobic exercise, reduced the risk of heart attacks, stroke, or death. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Sitting for longer hours at work may not be as bad for the heart as sitting while watching television, a study claims.

The study, led by researchers at Columbia University in the US, found that leisure-time sitting (while watching TV) was associated with a greater risk of heart disease and death.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also found that moderate-to-vigorous exercise may reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of sedentary television watching.

ALSO READ: No breakfast and late dinner may up heart attack risk, says study

Subscriber Only Stories
NIA to Home Ministry: Break nexus, move gangsters from north to jails in ...Premium
37 Muslim Independents in two Surat seats: Garment worker to domestic hel...Premium
Sunroofs to air purifiers, auto majors target an emerging segment: 30-minusPremium
When the water trains came to parched RajkotPremium

“Our findings show that how you spend your time outside of work may matter more when it comes to heart health,” study author Keith M Diaz said.

“Even if you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, replacing the time you spend sitting at home with strenuous exercise could reduce your risk of heart disease and death,” Diaz said.

For the study, the researchers followed 3,592 people for almost 8.5 years. The participants reported how much time they typically spent sitting while watching TV and during work.

Advertisement

They also reported how much time they spent exercising in their down time.

ALSO READ: Fear of new foods may up heart disease, diabetes risk

The participants who had logged the most TV-viewing hours (four or more hours a day) had a 50 per cent greater risk of cardiovascular events and death compared to those who watched the least amount of TV (less than two hours a day).

Advertisement

In contrast, those who sat the most at work had the same health risks as those who sat the least.

Even for the most dedicated TV watchers, moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as walking briskly or doing aerobic exercise, reduced the risk of heart attacks, stroke, or death.

According to the study, no increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or death was seen in people who watched TV for four or more hours a day and engaged in 150 minutes or more of exercise a week.

First published on: 05-07-2019 at 04:00:54 pm
Next Story

Igor Stimac names 25-member probable list for Intercontinental Cup

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close