Can Sports Literally Give You a Heart Attack? New Study on Sports Has the Results 10/6/17 - A Whittle Bit Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Can sports literally give you a heart attack? Well, according to a new Canadian study, it might not actually give you a heart attack, but it might just come close to it!

The UK Telegraph reports that watching sports on TV puts viewers’ hearts under as much stress as a brisk run. The study found that heart rates can more than double around scoring opportunities or in the last minutes of a game, regards less of how passionately a person supports the team they are watching.

The researchers used heart monitors on viewers watching hockey at home and in the arena to compare and those watching in the arena experienced an average of 110 percent heart increase and those watching at home felt an average 75 percent heart increase.  

So maybe they should post a trigger warning before a football game on ESPN.

“Warning: If you are a Falcons fan, be prepared to probably be disappointed.”

That would’ve helped me in the Super Bowl, although the Falcons losing the game made me more heart broken than anything else, and angry.

 I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Background Material:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/05/watching-sport-puts-much-strain-heart-going-run/

 

Posted on October 5, 2017 .