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Scientists believe that it is the immobility of the legs that might be the cause of this. They recommend the same behavior for those who watch television as those who sit on long airline flights: Get up, walk around, and move your legs.
These deadly blood clots also occur for those who sit in front of computers for long periods of time. The longer your legs remain immobile, the greater your risk of developing a blood clot.
Although there are no studies of the exact number of people who are affected by deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, the Centers for Disease Control believe that here are as many as 900,000 people affected at any given time. More than 60,000 people die from a pulmonary embolism every year. Most people die within 60 minutes after symptoms start. Typical symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, a dry cough, and shortness of breath.
Another study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association had similar findings. Their study involved more than 13,000 Spanish college studies for about an eight-year period in an attempt to determine if there was a link between sedentary behavior and the risk of death. This study also focused on the amount of time spent in front of the television as well as time spent driving and sitting in front of the computer.
This study, performed at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, found that of the 97 deaths, 19 were from cardiovascular causes. Scientists found a correlation to death and time spent watching television, but not from driving or time spent on the computer. The researchers who conducted this study found that watching television was a very passive activity and those who did so for hours on end were not at all aware of their lifestyle or diet.
A sedentary lifestyle has long been linked with heart disease or diabetes, but being sedentary for too long a period of time causes the blood vessels to harden, as well as causing a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries, which are two of the main building blocks, if you will, of heart disease.
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