It’s finally game day, and your adrenaline surges – you’ve been preparing to watch this game all season. But the highs and lows of the Super Bowl could land you in the emergency room.

For football fans with high blood pressure, heart failure or undiagnosed heart problems, the stress can literally be too much for their hearts to take. Researchers have found that there is even an increased death rate for fans of the losing team. 

No one wants game day ruined by a heart attack scare or trip to the ER.  So whether you’re rooting for the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots, make these healthy steps part of your game plan:

  • Watch the fat and salt intake. Chips and dip may be the norm at Super Bowl parties, but add some fruits and vegetables to the mix and don’t overindulge.
  • Keep your stress levels in check. Getting worked up about a bad play may seem like part of the fun, but it puts real stress on your heart.
  • Don’t over indulge in alcohol. It’s a stressor on its own and can also make you less likely to make healthy decisions. Don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks or drink beverages with unknown alcohol content.
  • Don’t wait to get help if you do notice signs of a heart attack, which can include chest pain, shortness of breath and nausea. Call 9-1-1 or head to the emergency room right away – missing some of the game is a small price to pay for potentially saving your life.

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