Skip to main content

Watching hockey can put as much stress on your heart as actually playing it, study finds

A new study found the heart-pounding action could be bad for your health.

If watching the Minnesota Wild makes your heart pound ... well, that's pretty normal. 

It turns out watching hockey can put as much stress on your heart as actually playing a sport or exercising. 

That's according to a small study published Thursday by the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Researchers checked the heart rate of 20 healthy people during a Montreal Canadiens game. 

They found people's heart rates went up by 75 percent, on average, when they watched the game on TV. 

That jump is similar to the heart rate spike people see when they're doing a moderate amount of exercise. 

And when watching a game in person their heart rates went up by 110 percent. That's similar to the cardiac stress that comes with "vigorous" exercise, the study said.

What moments made people's hearts pound?

The study found the plays in a game that made people's hearts race came with any scoring opportunity, or if the game went into overtime. Here's a breakdown:

This could be important for public health

Professor Paul Khairy at the University of Montreal, who was a senior researcher on the study, said in a news release that their findings "have important public health implications." 

That's because the heart-pounding stress of watching a hockey game could "trigger adverse cardiovascular events," Khairy said. 

Other studies about watching sports (none were specifically about watching hockey like this one was) found cardiovascular events while watching a game were more common in people who had heart disease, the release said. 

Doctors who reviewed the study said heart doctors should use this research to talk to their patients about watching sports. Especially for those going to a hockey game, which could increase the risk of someone with heart disease having a cardiovascular event even more. 

You can read more about this study here.

Next Up

North Memorial Health Hospital

Man dies from gunshot wounds after Minneapolis shooting

The death marked the 69th homicide of the year in the city.

image

Gallery: Island cabin is one of northernmost homes for sale in MN

Want to buy one of the northernmost homes on the market in Minnesota?

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

Charges: Houston men robbed Edina bank of $110,000

A third suspect has not yet been identified.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys coming to Minnesota for 2023 tour

The rock band hasn't gone on tour in the United States since 2019.

Flickr - Menards store front - Mike Kalasnik

Multiple charges over protests after fatal Menards forklift incident

The charges range from trespassing, destruction of property and assault.

Life Link

Boy airlifted after being struck by driver in Elk River

The boy is reportedly a student at Spectrum High School.

Woodbury mn

Fortune's Top 25 places to live for families includes Woodbury

The media outlet says it analyzed 215,000 data points for almost 2,000 cities and towns across the U.S.

310727248_109188921966444_2076680989484337705_n

Iconic Dangerfield's Restaurant sells, with buyer planning new concept

Dangerfield's Restaurant quietly sold recently after more than 30 years in business.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Charges: Minneapolis shooter photographed 'lifeless' body before fleeing

Charges filed against an accomplice reveal new details about the death of Chante Williams.

Maple grove fire

5 youths are 'persons of interest' in Maple Grove greenhouse fire

Police say it's being investigated as a possible arson.

Related

Boxes and wrappers your fast food comes in could be bad for you

Chemicals used to repel grease may leach into your food.

Boxes and wrappers your fast food comes in could be bad for you

Chemicals used to repel grease may leach into your food.

covid, vaccine

Study finds 'no serious health effects' linked to mRNA vaccines

The study monitored 6.2 million recipients of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Study: Each drink above the limit trims 30 minutes off your life

The study gathered information from nearly 600,000 drinkers.

airplane seats

Study: Pre-flight COVID testing 'significantly' reduces risk of infection on planes

Delta Air Lines teamed up with the Mayo Clinic and Georgia Department of Health on the study.