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Study: TVs And Cars Lead To Heart Attacks

From the Agence France-Presse:

Owning car, TV linked to heart attacks: study

January 10, 2012

Car owners who watch television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither a car nor a TV, according to a global study on physical exercise and heart disease published

We knew that SUVs killed. But we didn’t realize they were this subtle about it.

Clearly, the only solution is to take away people’s cars and TVs in order to protect their health. (Paging Michelle Obama.)

More broadly, the study — covering more than 29,000 people in 52 countries — showed that working up a light sweat may be the best preventative medicine against heart failure.

Don’t cars and TVs cause people to sweat?

"This study shows that mild to moderate physical activity at work, and any level of activity during leisure time, reduces the risk of heart attacks," said lead researcher Claes Held, a professor at Uppsala [sic] University in Sweden…

Isn’t driving a form of exercise?

Held and colleagues poured over data collected from 1999 to 2003 for the so-called Interheart study.

They compared one group of more than 10,000 middle-aged men and women who had had a single heart attack with an even larger cohort with no history of cardiovascular disease…

Held and colleagues also investigated whether owning an automobile, motorcycle, stereo, TV, computer, land or livestock influenced heath outcomes.

"Subjects who owned a car and a TV" — 25 percent of the respondents in poorer and middle-income nations, and two-thirds in rich ones — "were at higher risk of myocardial infarction," the medical term for a heart attack, the researchers concluded

Possessing these coveted consumer items made [heart attacks] about four times more likely in poorer and middle-income countries — and twice as likely in wealthy ones — that people would be sedentary, especially at work.

The implication, in other words, is that TVs breed couch potatoes, and motor vehicles discourage walking.

"If we want to support healthy longevity, we should put a stop to the pandemic of sedantism," Emiline Van Craenenbroeck [sic] and Viviane Conraads [sic], both of Antwerp University Hospital Belgium, noted in a commentary in the same journal…

Great. That’s all we need. Another damn ‘pandemic.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Study: TVs And Cars Lead To Heart Attacks”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Study: TVs And Cars Lead To Heart Attacks

    Damn good thing Obama is ruining our ability to have anything

    • JohnMG says:

      Yep. That may enable us to live longer. We’ll just be more miserable for a longer period of time.

    • canary says:

      Jack,John. well put. I am afraid we’ll be seeing commercials for the Obama’s reality shows. I hope he leaves our country as he never should have stayed here in the first place.

  2. heykev says:

    Guess I will have to give up driving while watching TV. Next thing they will try to outlaw texting and driving……oh they di

  3. TerryAnne says:

    So, for today’s inappropriate comment: guess they don’t have a lot of heart attacks in Africa, then.

  4. proreason says:

    “Car owners who watch television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither a car nor a TV”

    Yes, because violence and overdoses kill long before the arteries get clogged up.

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    In a related study, 100% of people who had a heart attack also wore clothes.

  6. beautyofreason says:

    Uh oh, another pandemic. Too many people have cars and televisions! I’m sure there is a government program or tax that can help.

  7. P. Aaron says:

    Gov’t subsidizes the US auto co’s = Death Panels of Obamacare

  8. Anonymoose says:

    Playing with words. Everybody who had a heart attack also breathes air, eats food, and sleeps at night. I practically don’t watch TV but I guess I should give up my car and use mass transit. After all, nobody who use mass transit has heart attacks, do they?

  9. preparing4theworst says:

    “Don’t cars and tv cause people to sweat?”…It has been my experience that cars and tv cause people to SWEAR…..

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    How about: “Drug use by mindless liberal brain-dead people helps decrease the human population, leaving more room for polar bears and tree frogs.”

    There, it has a positive message that the left will like, encourages drug use and makes it sound great!

  11. wirenut says:

    Where’s the study about “green” electric cars incinerating their owners? I’m just die’n for a new car and big screen. Bumper snicker for Held and colleagues.

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