Super Bowl XLV – Chalk out strategy to avoid heart attack


Super Bowl is around the corner and many of you like me would eagerly be waiting to see your team win on coming the weekend. Well! Whether you are a Packers fan or Steelers make sure that you are not over stressed, even if your team begins to lose. A recent study published in the Clinical Cardiology journal revealed that stress related to watching your team lose the Super Bowl could trigger a heart attack.

The American Heart Association estimates that 80 million adult Americans suffer from some type of cardiovascular disease. Many of those people can die of a heart attack while watching an exciting sports event like the Super Bowl or World Cup, where the tension and stress levels are high.

The study findings should not upset the Super Bowl fans. Adolph Hutter, a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston suggested that people who know they’re prone to heart problems and tend to get nervous while viewing sporting events, talk with their physicians beforehand regarding best techniques to control their stress.

Dr. Hutter also mentioned that Super Bowl snacks are highly salty and rich in fat, which can rapidly reduce the ability of heart vessels to dilate.

I strongly believe “Prevention is better than cure”. Dr. Al Sears M.D., author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, Beyond the Modern Myths of Diet and Exercise: The Clinically-Proven Plan of Breakthrough Health Secrets That Helps You Build a Powerful, Disease-Free Heart provides best ways to avoid heart attacks during the Super Bowl:

1. Exercise before the game and again during half time. Short bursts of activity are more helpful and five to ten minutes of physical activity is ideal. Stretching, jumping rope, or throwing a football with friends are simple and easy ways to relax your body and mind before the big game.

2. Take CoQ10 before the game. Co-enzyme Q10 is a powerful anti-oxidant that reduces your risk of heart disease.

3. Limit your intake of alcohol and tobacco. Over-consumption of these two potentially...

dangerous substances is a leading risk factor for sudden cardiac arrest. Well, who drinks during the Super Bowl game!

4. Eat in moderation. Many heart attacks are reported to occur after eating an exceptionally large meal.

5. Choose healthy snacks like broccoli, cauliflower, fruits with the skin, seeds, and nuts. Avoid binging on chips, pizza, and other salty and fatty foods.

6. During the commercials, take a break. Getting off the couch, moving around, and talking to friends helps break up the intensity of an exciting game.

7. Manage your anger. If the official makes a bad call, don’t take it personally. Excess anger and yelling at the TV will increase your chances of heart problems.

8. Avoid gambling or only wager an amount you’re comfortable losing. Excess adrenaline caused by excitement, worry, or excess anxiety increases the risk of heart attack.

9. Pay attention to the warning signs which are heart attack, dizziness, chest pain, trouble breathing, and nausea. If you experience these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

10. Make a fitness program a regular part of your daily life. It’s easy. In just 12 minutes a day, you can get a lean, fit, disease-free body. And, you don’t need any expensive equipment, trainers, or a gym membership.

I hope taking precautions beforehand will certainly help you to enjoy your favorite game without any stress. I am looking forward for Super Bowl on coming Sunday, especially after snow dumped in Dallas.  Go Packers!


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