How Much Does Watching TV Raise Blood Clot Risk?

How Much Does Watching TV Raise Blood Clot Risk?

Are you one of them who spend much time in watching TV? Then it’s time to be careful because it leads to raising of blood clot in your legs and arms.

As per the recent studies in 2016, Japan has highlighted the increased risk of suffering VTE related to hours spent in front of TV.

This study has found that, people who watch TV for more than five hours in a day are much more likely to die from blood clot than those who watched TV for less than 2 hours.

Because prolonged sitting or immobility reduces normal blood flow through your blood vessels especially in the veins of legs and increases the risk in forming blood clots.

To investigate the relationship between watching TV and blood clots in legs, arms and lungs, they have selected 15000 middle age people who had answered their questions about watching TV, that time doctors diagnosed 691 blood clot cases in the group.

People who said they watch TV very often, where 71% and are more likely to develop blood clot.

Sitting long hours in same place makes the blood flow slow and the muscles without any movement tend to clod blood sooner.

This condition is known as venous thromboembolism. One type of VTE is known as deep veins of the legs and another one with some serious issues is when VTE travel through the blood stream to block off another vein in blood stream.

If it ends up in lungs then it causes blood clot in lungs which is known as pulmonary embolism. This can cause death by cutting of oxygen and blood supply in your body.

This condition affects most of the people in between 300,000 to 600,000 in United states every year. VTE is the most common vascular diagnosis after heart stroke and attack.

Another reason for blood clot is long air flights, because legs can be stucked in the same position for long hours. Dr Cushman said that avoiding frequent TV viewing, increasing physical activity and controlling body weight may help you to protect from causing VTE.

Even the individual who involves in watching TV should follow the necessary precautions and should not ignore the potential harms of prolonged sedentary behaviors.

This condition can also be avoided by doing some physical activity while watching TV for long hours, like by walking or doing something else to break up the long periods.

How Much Does Watching TV Raise Blood Clot Risk

Maintaining healthy weight and following good diet will helps in reducing a person’s risk of developing blood clots.

Tips to Avoid Blood Clots During Watching TV

  • Take break for every one hour
  • Walk around the place
  • Tense and relax leg muscles.
  • Stretch
  • Wiggle your toes

This lifestyle may change the frequent attacks of cardiovascular problems.

Note: If it occurs during pregnancy then doctors prescribe medications for thinning of blood or recommend compression stockings.