Watching sports makes heart race

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They found that the heart rates of those who watched the game on television increased as much as they would were the participants to do a moderately hard workout.

"The link between sporting events and adverse cardiovascular health has been previously studied in soccer spectators, albeit with limited psychological data", Khairy and colleagues wrote in the study.

Previous studies have shown the increased in heart rates from sports fans.

As a matter of fact, these heart rates are equivalent to our heart rate response which occurs with moderate and vigorous physical stress respectively.

The findings of the latter study are consistent with the new study on hockey games and heart events, as the participants' heart rates were at their highest when the games were at their most intense, specifically during scoring opportunities and overtime. He continued: "Therefore, the results have important public health implications".

Leia's dad is a cardiologist and helped conduct the study, which involved fans of the Montreal Canadiens. Dr Khairy said: "Our analysis of elements of the hockey game associated with peak heart rates supports the notion that it is not the outcome of the game that primarily determines the intensity of the emotional stress response but rather the excitement experienced with viewing high-stakes or high-intensity portions of the game". While you're screaming profanities at your TV or chanting like a maniac at the actual game, your heart is putting in overtime, according to a study done on hockey fans and published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. David Waters, MD, and Stanley Nattel, MD, authors of the accompanying editorial, point out that this research should encourage doctors to speak to their patients about watching sports. "As outlined, watching an exciting hockey game might trigger a cardiovascular event in an individual at risk", the study says.

"It remains to be determined whether these heart rate increases translate into a higher rate of cardiovascular events on a population level", Khairy said. Half of the participants attended Canadiens games while the rest watched the action at home.

Such dramatic occurrences on National Hockey League ice could be behind cardiac stress - and potentially adverse events, according to a new study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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