Major sporting events can increase the occurrence of heart attacks, especially among young men with cardiovascular risk, concludes a Canadian study that followed ice hockey fans.
With three months to go to the World Cup in Russia, this new study sounds like a warning to spectators who like to vibrate to the rhythm of victories. Canadian researchers have found an association between ice hockey victories – the national sport of Canada – and increasing hospital admissions for heart attacks or acute myocardial infarction.
Most of these heart attacks occurred among men under 55 years of age following victories by the Montreal team. The hospital admission rate has increased by 40% in this population, reports the study that focused on a four-year period, between 2010 and 2014. Women would not be as vulnerable as men in the event of a victory for their favorite team when they would be more at risk of having myocardial infarction caused by stress, according to the study’s authors.
The works identified a typical profile of the fans most at risk during these grand sports events. Results show a higher proportion of obesity, dyslipidemia (abnormal cholesterol levels, triglycerides) and smokers in the young men affected by the study’s results, “indicating higher risk behaviors and poor lifestyle”, according to the study .
These sports events also encourage the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, heavy meals, drug use and lack of sleep. These factors “increase cardiovascular risk in viewers,” says Dr. Hung Ly, a cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute in Quebec.
To prevent being affected, it is important to take into account one’s health in this context rich in strong emotions, especially if there is already cardiovascular risk, advocates the study. According to the researchers, lifestyle and behavioral changes could reduce this risk.