Friday, February 4, 2011

Do you get worked up over sports? If you’re at risk of heart disease, watching a stressful game can raise your risk of a heart attack.

Does a bad call send your blood pressure soaring? If your emotions often get the better of you, rooting for your favorite team could be doing you more harm than good. Watching a stressful sporting event can raise the risk of a heart attack and even death in people with cardiovascular risk factors. Those include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. Many people who are high risk don’t know it, so it’s a good idea to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. With Super Bowl XLV one month away, now would be a good time to book an appointment with your doctor. Overenthusiastic sports fans should also practice anger management techniques whenever they feel their adrenaline surging. That could mean turning off the TV when you’re incensed and taking a few minutes to breathe deeply or go for a walk.

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