Is the Super Bowl harmful to your heart?

Studies suggest stress from big games may trigger heart attacks

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With Super Bowl XLVIII just days away, the hype is reaching fever pitch. This annual NFL championship football game will be seen my millions around the world.

Fatty, salty foods and beer on two!

Broncos, Seahawks, office pools. Omaha!

Studies suggest that big games, like the Super Bowl, may trigger heart attacks in fans due to stress.

Beaumont cardiologist, Steven Almany, M.D., weighs in, “There have been a number of studies linking big games in World Cup soccer and the Super Bowl with fan heart attacks and other cardiovascular episodes.”

Researchers also noted that along with stress, food and drink consumed on Super Bowl Sunday may also be responsible. Is the Super Bowl and the overconsumption of party foods the perfect health storm for some fans?

“There’s no doubt that stress, acts as an emotional trigger, setting off physical changes to the body. When heart rates rise, so too, does blood pressure, increasing the heart’s oxygen demand. While this is happening, the size of coronary arteries can decrease. The decrease in oxygen delivery is not good, especially for those men and women with known heart disease.”

“The overeating, combined with alcohol doesn’t bode well either.”

So, is there a connection to the Super Bowl and heart attacks?

Adds Dr. Almany, “Maybe, for some, but more research needs to be done. Above all, fans need to remember it’s just a game, and that includes Lions fans who’ve experienced long-term heartbreak. Take your medications as prescribed. Eat and drink in moderation. Enjoy.”

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