Nebraska hospitals and those around the country are bracing for “blitz” of heart failure patients shortly after Super Bowl Sunday. Dr. Marc Silver is a cardiologist and says that big game can cause big problems for diagnosed with heart problems.
Dr. Silver says, “Heart failure hospitalizations in heart failure patients go up about 10% after major events. The ones we studied were Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and the Super Bowl. So, the first four days after the Super Bowl, February 2nd through the 5th, we are going to see a jump in emergency room visits and hospitalizations of heart failure patients.”
Dr. Silva says the number one cause is excitement or stress associated with those events. He says it is also likely that these patients overindulged in rich and salty foods causing the retention of fluids. Another issue is that some delay seeking medical care, especially on a holiday because they don’t want to spoil the event for others.
Dr. Silva says the best defense is watching the diet and alcohol consumption carefully, remember it is just a game and don’t forget to take required medication.