A recent study from the Montreal Heart Institute has revealed that the excitement of tense moments in sport can put serious strain on your body! Viewers of tense moments during the latter matches of the last World Cup registered a 255 – 50% increase in the likelihood of heart attack & stroke.
Likewise, fans of Canadiens games were monitored as well.
Here’s the results according to GlobalNews – “the volunteers wore devices that tracked their continuous heart rate as they watched the Habs live at the Bell Centre or on television. They also recorded the games so they could pinpoint what was going on when peoples’ heart rates sped up. Turns out, hockey isn’t a sport for the faint-hearted. Canadiens fans’ heart rates increased by 75 per cent during high-stakes portions of the game, such as during overtime or when there were “scoring opportunities.”
If they were watching the game live, their heart rates accelerated to a steep 110 per cent. This is akin to doing a vigorous physical activity like sprinting.