Super Bowl Risks

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A Heartfelt Warning to Giants, Pats Fans
Year's Biggest Game Puts Men at Risk

A Heartfelt Warning to Giants, Pats Fans


Almost every year around the Super Bowl some new evidence is trotted out about heart-attack risk during the Super Bowl.

Twice in three years there have been studies about soccer-watching men in Europe, where the rate of cardiac trouble goes up during big matches.

Then there was the study out of Maryland that concluded that men put off going to the emergency room if there's a big game on.

The latest research has to do with German people during the World Cup. For men specifically, the rate of cardiac emergencies tripled on days when the German team was playing.

The study author says it's logical to assume that a similar phenomenon would occur during the Super Bowl, perhaps ignorant of the fact that millions around the country have little emotional stake in Sunday's game, and in fact dislike the two teams enough that they'd welcome any result as long as someone loses.

Researchers looked at heart attacks, cardiac arrests, irregular heartbeats and how often implanted defibrillators were activated.

The biggest risk was among heart-disease patients. So Dr. Lori Mosca of New York-Presbyterian Hospital said to make sure anyone you know in that category (Uncle Bob, that means you!) takes his meds, doesn't eat too much fatty food, avoids smoke, and doesn't get too angry at the refs.

The most practical advice may come from that older study about putting off ER visits until after the game. Always a bad idea for heart patients. It's not always heartburn from the wings.

Keep your game-day spread healthy with our Men's Health Guide to the Super Bowl, which tells you which foods to avoid and which to indulge in, as well as stories about Tom Brady, Kevin Boss, and a column from the Men's Health Motivator, Mark Schlereth, on what the Giants need to do to win.
Source: mhtoday.menshealth.com/?cm_mmc=DailyDoseNL-_-2017_02_01-_-MainBlk-_-MH_Today

Year's Biggest Game Puts Men at Risk


How to have a stress-free game on Sunday

Holidays are tough on your waistline, but new research suggests that this weekend's Super Bowl could put more at risk than Eli Manning's knees.

A German researcher studied hospital records in Munich during the World Cup and found that heart-related emergencies doubled around game time—and tripled for men.

The researcher says he wouldn't be surprised to see a similar spike in ER activity this Sunday around the Super Bowl.

Why? It's the toxic blend of aggravation, suspense, fatty foods, alcohol, and smoking. Plus Joe Buck's voice. Mix that together, and anyone's heart can be at risk—especially men who have already had heart problems.

Don't let the game make you sick. Start with making smart food choices with this special Eat This, Not That! Super Bowl edition.

Of course, if the game is the blowout oddsmakers expect, there may not be any heart-straining stress, but anything can happen. ESPN analyst and Men's Health columnist Mark Schlereth (a three-time Super Bowl winner) explains how players can shut out all the hype and prevail in the big game.

We've also got interviews with Tom Brady, Giants TE Kevin Boss, Chad Johnson, and other NFL stars on their workouts, eating habits, and winning strategies. Read them all—plus tailgating tips and a pregame workout—in our Men's Health Guide to the Super Bowl.

Read more about the heart-attack study, plus some surprising news about David Beckham's underwear, the pleasures of scratching, and college girls at the MH Today blog.
Source: mhtoday.menshealth.com/?cm_mmc=DailyDoseNL-_-2017_02_01-_-MainBlk-_-MH_Today

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