The link between television-watching habits and risk of heart disease was further proven by a recent study from the United Kingdom. For each additional 90 minutes of television watched, risk of a heart attack increases by 44%, regardless of education, weight, history of diabetes, or high blood pressure. This may also be related to your genes. The study shows that some people have genes that make them more likely to spend their leisure time watching television, rather than playing sports or other physical activities. These same genes increase these people’s risk of getting heart disease. Fortunately, and regardless of your genes, if you make a conscious choice to exercise, you will enjoy the benefits of good health and lower risk of heart attack or stroke.