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Study: hockey gets the heart racing

Posted at 10:36 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 23:29:53-04

Hockey is back and a new study says the intense action may take a toll on a person’s heart.

The Montreal Heart Institute monitored the heart rates of Montreal Canadiens fans during games and found the heart rate of those watching it on television jumped 75-percent. The study says fans attending the game had a spike of 110-percent.

“I definitely feel a heart attack coming, but it’s worth it. All of the fun moments when you get going, when you get a breakaway, and when they actually do score, the whole crowd goes nuts,” said one fan.

Heart disease is a concern in New York. The health department says one in five New Yorkers aged 65 and older have some type of cardiovascular disease.

Die-hard hockey fans say the heart-pounding action is why they love the game.