Association of TV Viewing and All-Cause Mortality in Older Adults With Hypertension: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study

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The purpose of this study was to examine the longitudinal association between television (TV) viewing and all-cause mortality in older adults with hypertension. Sedentary behavior, physical activity, hypertension, and other chronic diseases were assessed by face-to-face interviews and confirmed by medical history. Mortality was reported by relatives and confirmed in medical records of the National Health System. The fully adjusted model showed a direct association between high TV viewing time and all-cause mortality; hazard ratio: 1.65 (95% confidence interval [1.02–2.68]). Women with high TV viewing were more likely to die than men. Higher TV viewing time was associated with all-cause mortality among those with diabetes and hypertension; hazard ratio: 3.54 (95% confidence interval [1.64–7.66]). The findings from this longitudinal study show that higher TV viewing time is associated with higher risk for all-cause mortality among older adults with hypertension, independently of physical activity, and other potential confounders.

Lemes is with the Dept. of Physical Therapy, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Presidente Prudente, Brazil. Sui and Blair are with the Dept. of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. Turi-Lynch is with the Dept. of Physical Education, Faculty of Dracena (UNIFADRA), Dracena, Brazil. Fernandes and Codogno are with the Dept. of Physical Education, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Presidente Prudente, Brazil. Monteiro is with the Dept. of Physical Education, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Bauru, Brazil.

Address author correspondence to Ítalo Ribeiro Lemes at itolemes@hotmail.com.
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