Four hours of TV a day raises
heart risk (even if you’re fit)

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Watching TV or playing computer games long periods damages your heart, regardless of how much you exercise, scientists.

The of heart disease as well as premature death from any cause soared for those spending more than four hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed.

Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis of University College London’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health said: ‘Our analysis suggests two or more hours of screen time each day may place someone greater risk for a cardiac event.’

The study was the first to examine the association between screen time and heart , and found 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 than four hours in front of a screen.

The reason for the extra risk may be effect prolonged sitting has on cholesterol and inflammation.