February 6, 2011

Super Bowl 2011 Makes Heart Attack Headlines

Posted in Heart Disease in the News tagged , , , , , at 2:17 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

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The Miami Herald as well as several other publications put a heart disease spin on the Super Bowl yesterday.

The media reported on a recent study article in the Journal of Clinical Cardiology which says that fans of the losing Super Bowl team are more likely to die from heart problems 2 weeks after the big game than the winning team’s fans.  The study also found that female fans of the losing team are even more likely to die than their male counterparts.

There were several theories reported for what causes this post-game heart attack dilemma.  Some reporters interviewed cardiologists who felt the problem was overeating which was previously found to increase heart attack risk immediately following a big meal.  Other cardiologists, including the study’s lead author, felt the problem lies in stress and “emotional attachment.”

It seems difficult to tell people not to get emotionally attached to their favorite team playing in the biggest football game of the year.  A more realistic goal would be avoidance of overeating.  Portions should be kept small and consider skipping dinner if you have already eaten many different appetizers.  One more thing to remember is to pay attention to your symptoms.  Do not hesitate to call 911 if you feel chest pain, chest pressure, significant shortness of breath, dizziness or if you almost pass out.

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