Dr. Satyajit Reddy – Playing it safe – Tips to stay in the heart safety zone during the “big game”

Millions of football fans will be gathering to cheer on their favorite team during Sunday’s big game. And with the excitement around the highly anticipated sporting event comes some advice about staying heart safe as a spectator.

Dr. Satyajit Reddy, a Mayo Clinic sports cardiologist, says that while those on the field certainly have some risk from a medical perspective, some studies indicate that fans watching the big game may have an increased risk of heart emergencies.

“The studies suggest that there is an increased incidence of cardiac events, namely, arrhythmias, heart failure and heart attacks, during these major sporting events, especially in sports like soccer and American football. And even more interesting is that these rates of cardiac events go up the more dramatic the game is,” says Dr. Reddy.
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