Couch Potatoes Beware! Pulmonary Embolisms & Television

Television has become a staple of the American lifestyle. As a result, American citizens spend an average of 2.8 hours per day staring at the screen. Samantha Olson of Medical Daily says that this sedentary lifestyle could be a silent killer.

In her analysis, Olson relies on a recent study published in the journal Circulation, which viewed the television consumption of 86,000 people between the ages of 40-79. The results revealed that an inactive lifestyle causes a decrease in blood flow, which can cause clot formation in the leg or the pelvis. Once that clot breaks loose, it can lodge in the lung, which is called a pulmonary embolism. This is a potentially lethal event! The researchers found that every two additional hours of television consumption increased their subject’s risk of developing a pulmonary embolism by 40% in comparison to people who watched less than 2.5 hours of television per day.

The symptoms of a pulmonary embolism can greatly vary. Frequent symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. The cough may include blood and the chest pain can be so excruciating it can mimic a heart attack. Other symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include leg swelling, clammy or discolored skin, fever, excessive sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and lightheadedness. Find out more about the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism.

If you or someone you love has suffered from a pulmonary embolism while under medical care, it may very well be that the pulmonary embolism could have been prevented. The medical malpractice law firm of Rosen Louik & Perry, stands ready to investigate the case, discover what occurred during the hospitalization, and inform you whether medical malpractice contributed to your injury or your loved one’s injury or death. Our lawyers have experience dealing with a broad range of medical malpractice lawsuits including those involving pulmonary embolism. If you would like one of our medical malpractice attorneys to review a case, contact us at our Pittsburgh office to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation.