Constant use of computer and heart damage are linked. Studies have proved this association. But, the fact remains that the computer is an essential part of our lives and I do not see how this is going to change. In fact, the computer is going to be more essential to us as the years progress.

Today, billions of us use the computer for hours every day. And, the kids too, spend hours sitting in front of the computer playing computer games.

Therefore, what the computer did is, it gave us an alternative to pass our spare time and it also gave us a means of a good livelihood for those who work 9 to 5 in front of it.

That being said, it is time to read the following links to know other damaging effects, this lifestyle has on our body:

Computer use and heart damage risk

According to a study confirmed by University College, London, time spent in front of the computer or the television screen can have a major negative impact on your heart.

According to the American College of Cardiology, spending four hours or more in front of the computer or the television increases your risk of major heart damage by 125 percent.

This is bad news for those of us who are at it, 9 to 5 because of the lack of an alternative. The study also found that there was an increase of 48 percent in deaths due to all causes among such computer users.

However, the risk significantly decreases for those who spend only two hours in front of the computer or the television.

So, is exercise a solution to combat this dangerous effect? The answer is NO. Exercising during the other hours did not reverse the damage done by prolonged computer use. This fact stands and presents you with a Catch-22 situation.

Today children and teens too spend hours on the comp playing stress-related violent games of blowing up buildings or shooting bad people or racing cars.

A study indicated that 87% of children in the U.S. owned a game console at home and the average kid spends about one hour and 13 minutes of increased heart rate, playing stress-related computer games.

This sedentary activity increases the heart rate by as much as 20% to 40% due to mental stress from the prolonged time of finishing the game. This has a detrimental effect on the heart at a very tender age. I dread to foresee the statistics for heart attacks in young people a few years hence.

Possible reasons for heart damage risk due to computer use

Sitting for prolonged hours causes a significant reduction of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase. This enzyme is essential for fat metabolism and the breaking down of cholesterol and triglycerides and which is good for the health of the heart.

Secondly, studies have shown that CRP, a marker of low-grade inflammation, was about two times higher in people spending more than four hours in front of a screen per day compared to those spending less than two hours a day.

It is established that low-grade inflammation is involved in the development of atherosclerosis thus increasing the risk of cardiac ischemia.

Prolonged idle behavior also predisposes to weight gain and obesity, which again has ill effects.

Possible Solution

Wherever there is a problem, there is always a solution however impossible the situation may be. The solution for people who are on the comp at home can be easy to handle but those who work on the comp at offices may have a problem.

Researchers advise those who sit in front of the comp for hours every day, to get up and take short walks every 20 minutes. Sounds great but how many of us can do this without irking our employers?

Secondly, if you spend your working hours in front of the comp, do not aggravate the situation by going home and getting parked in front of the television à la couch potato. It is just not sitting in front of the television but other associated factors with watching television too, add to the risk like:

Now that you know what needs to be done, go ahead and find ways to get it done.