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Too much TV watching could see private medical cover holders develop heart problems

Published on 11/01/2011
Watching TV or playing computer games for long periods could increase the risk of requiring private medical cover treatment for heart disease, even among the otherwise fit and healthy.

According to new research by scientists at University College London's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, the risk of cardiac arrest or death from any cause soars with the more time people spend in front of a TV screen, regardless of how much exercise they do.

Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the study found that those who spent two or more hours a day watching TV or playing video games were at a 48 per cent increased risk of death from any cause.

It also found an approximately 125 per cent increased risk of cardiovascular events in those spending more than four hours in front of a screen.

"Our analysis suggests that two or more hours of screen time each day may place someone at greater risk for a cardiac event," said researcher Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis.

"These risks may not be mitigated by exercise, a finding that underscores the urgent need for public health recommendations."

Each year in England, an estimated 111,000 people have a heart attack
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