Hockey is the most popular sport, especially for people living in Canada. They take it seriously and sometimes this passion can have negative consequences. According to a study which the Canadian Journal of Cardiology recently published, the heart attack rates increase the day after the game takes place. In order to reach this conclusion, the team of researchers analyzed data from a Montreal hospital on heart attack admissions. The number of admissions was 2,199, meaning 1.3 per day, and a quarter of them were women.
However, the most interesting part came when the team analyzed data on admissions each day after the hockey team Montreal Canadiens played. Interestingly enough, the heart attack admission for men increased the day after the game to 1.9 from just 1.0. Also, it seems that the numbers for women remained the same. When it came to the entire population, the heart attack admissions after game day increased with 15%, but only when the team won. When the team lost, the numbers remained the same. It seems that the most vulnerable category was that comprised of men under 55-years old. For them, the risk increased with 40% after a victory and with 20% after a defeat.
Heart attack rates in Canada increase after hockey games
According to Dr. Hung Q. Ly, a cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute and the leader of the study, said that everything happens because of the stress level that increases during the game. Also, because of the excessive junk food eating and drinking. Also, it’s important to note that this study is only observational, and the team didn’t find any connections between causes and effects.
Dr. Hung Q. Ly, who is an avid Canadiens fan himself, says that he doesn’t want to scare people or make them stop watching hockey. However, they should try to remain balanced because there’s a risk, even if they’re young.
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