Dr. John Ryan explains why heart attacks among Super Bowl fans are a recognized risk.">

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Jan 29, 2018 — Super Bowl Sunday can cause heart attacks. On today's Health Minute, cardiologist Dr. John Ryan explains why heart attacks among Super Bowl fans are a recognized risk.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: People having heart attacks while watching the Super Bowl. Is that really a thing? Well to find out, we asked cardiologist Dr. John Ryan.

Dr. Ryan: Yeah, it definitely has been identified during the Super Bowl. People are at increased risk of having a heart attack and it's been recognized in other sporting events, as well.

Interviewer: Yeah, and why is that?

Dr. Ryan: It seems to be the stress associated with the sports. Either the emotional involvement and also probably your habits during the Super Bowl probably aren't the best, namely either smoking or drinking too much.

Interviewer: Got you. And is it everybody that's susceptible or just people that are just at increased risk of heart attack anyway?

Dr. Ryan: Probably everyone, but obviously if you're at high risk of a heart attack going into it, the risk is further increased by the stress associated with the Super Bowl. So I think you should probably find a way of managing your stress. Also try to not smoke during the Super Bowl, decrease the amount of alcohol you intake and stay hydrated.

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