February 3: Super Bowl Heart Health with Rose Melendez
If you’re planning to watch the Super Bowl this weekend, pay attention if your heart starts pumping during a crucial play. The warning signs of a heart attack – dizziness, chest pain, labored breathing, nausea – are similar to symptoms of an adrenaline rush or over-eating. Several sports studies from around the world have found watching exciting sports event, can stress the heart and temporarily worsen heart problems.
Another concern is for the fan who doesn’t want to miss a minute of the game. Some hospitals have reported that people who are having heart problems often wait until the game is over before seeking medical attention… and ERs see a surge in visits right after the game ends. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately. Every minute of a cardiac event damages heart muscle.
Also, keep an eye on those Super Bowl snacks, too. Heart health can be improved with diet. We’re not saying skip the chips and dip, but think about adding a fruit and veggie platter and go easy on salty and fatty food. Try placing unhealthy snacks farther away so you have to put in more effort to get to them. Sodium can cause your body to retain too much fluid, making it harder for your heart to pump. The trans fats in your cheesy nachos or dessert could affect the lining of the arteries, contribute to high cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease.
That’s why it’s important to control the risk factors we CAN change. These include:
- Being overweight
- Being physically inactive
- Acquired high blood pressure
- Acquired high cholesterol
- Type II diabetes
Go to www.TrustedHeartCare.com to take a FREE online heart-health risk assessment.