Watching sports increases risk of heart attack or stroke because the stress it puts on the heart is equal to a … – The Sun

WATCHING sport raises the risk of heart attack or stroke, doctors have warned.

Telly viewers saw heart rates soar by 75 per cent, while those of spectators at a live event rose more than 100 per cent, a study found.

 Watching sports on TV can increase your heart rate by 75 per cent
Watching sports on TV can increase your heart rate by 75 per cent

The stress this places on the heart is equivalent to a vigorous workout, such as a run or cycle.

Researchers at the University of Montreal monitored heart rates of fans watching the Montreal

Canadiens ice hockey team. The worst moments were during any scoring chances and “golden goal” extra-time.

Prof Paul Khairy, who worked on the study, said: “Our results indicate that viewing a game can cause intense emotional stress, as manifested by marked increases in heart rate.

“Our analysis of events supports the notion it is not the outcome that mainly determines the intensity, it is the excitement of viewing high- intensity portions of it.” Heart expert Dr David Waters, of San

Francisco, said: “At-risk patients should be warned of symptoms and told to seek medical attention if they develop.”

 At live events the heart rate can increase by more than 100 per cent
At live events the heart rate can increase by more than 100 per cent
 Researchers say that watching sports puts the same stress on your heart as doing a vigorous workout
Researchers say that watching sports puts the same stress on your heart as doing a vigorous workout

ONE in four heart attack victims leaves their job less than a year after returning, ending up on benefits, a Danish study of 39,000 found.

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