Is your TV slowly killing you?

Symptoms include chest pains and shortness of breath, things one can get from asthma or even excessive smoking.


News, football, movies, music and many more joys of life are acquired from the television set, providing an impeccable combination of sound and images (both static and moving) unlike any other medium of communication and entertainment.


The TV brings stories to life in our homes, cars, schools and anywhere else we desire to take it with, but a research study published on Tuesday this week revealed a devastating outcome for TV viewers who spend long hours in front of their sets.

The research was published in the American Heart Association’s journal “Circulation” and it revealed that “People who watch TV for five or more hours a day appear to be at much greater risk of dying from a blood clot in the lung”.

This condition is referred to in the medical field as “Pulmonary Embolism” which in simple terms is a blood clot.
The blood clot is fostered when a person spends a long time without activity in the lower body (like when watching TV on a couch) accompanied by slow blood flow.

The clot which usually begins in the legs and pelvis may then embark on a journey to one’s lungs where it can cause danger once it gets lodged in a blood vessel.

Pulmonary Embolism shares symptoms with other common chronic conditions which makes diagnosis even much harder. Symptoms include chest pains and shortness of breath, things one can get from asthma or even excessive smoking.

The condition is also common among travelers who spend long hours sitting in planes or buses destined for distant areas without rest.

To prevent the occurrence of this deadly blood clot, viewers and long distance travelers are advised to take some water when sitting for long hours, take breaks while watching TV or travelling and also do some bit of stretching to encourage blood flow to the lower parts of the body.

The habit of viewers moving away from TV sets during commercial breaks may be bad news for advertisers but a life or death situation for the viewers.

With the fast growing digital world, habits of lengthy watching are not only confined to TV sets but also extend to smartphones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets, but a separate research needs to be conducted to determine the relationship of these new viewing devices to pulmonary embolism.

Author: Adam Walusimbi

Am a truth junkie

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