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Watching television can increase risk of heart disease

24 June 2010

Television viewing is associated with higher cardiovascular risk independently of physical activity, according to a study published on 23 June in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Every hour a day spent sitting in front of a television increases the risk of death from heart disease by seven percent. The study found one in 35 died from heart disease over a 10-year period. The calculation took into account other risk factors such as smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diet.

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Published in International Journal of Epidemiology, Advanced Access, 23 June.

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