Watching the Super Bowl May be Hazardous to Your Health

When you are getting ready to watch for the Super Bowl, the upcoming Winter Olympics, or any other big sporting event, you probably aren’t thinking about the possibility of suffering a heart attack. In a story published by CBS News, studies have shown that the risk increases when fans are watching major sporting events.

The chances of a person having a heart attack while watching the Super Bowl or a similar event increase from 1 in 100,000 to between 2 and 3 per 100,000. Rabid sports fans beware: if your team loses the Big Game, your risk of heart attack increases on game day and for a few weeks afterward.

The combination of increased adrenalin levels and overindulgence in snack foods and alcohol can put extra strain on the heart muscle, which has the potential to trigger a heart attack. It’s not just the people who fit the profile of a person who is at risk that need to be concerned about their heart health; a heart attack can happen to anyone.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Here are the signs of heart attack that you need to be aware of. Men should be on the lookout for:

  • Chest Pain or Pressure
  • Feeling Lightheaded
  • Nausea
  • Pain Radiating Down Left Arm
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sweating

For women, heart attack warning signs are a little different. According to the National Institutes of Health, about half of women who have a heart attack don’t experience any chest pain during the event. Instead, a woman should be aware that the following symptoms may indicate a heart attack:

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Shortness of Breath

Have fun watching the Super Bowl and enjoy the time spent with friends and family, but be aware of what’s happening with your body. If you experience the kinds of symptoms listed above, don’t wait until half time or the game is over – get to the Emergency Room right away.