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Watching Golden Knights games can have an effect on your heart

Posted at 7:27 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 14:11:38-04

Does your heart race when you watch the Vegas Golden Knights? Do you feel tired when the game is over?

Turns out just watching hockey does several things to your body.

Games can be exhausting for diehard Knights fans. You don't have to be on the ice to get out of breath and sweaty.

"Going in there somehow it just absorbs you and I can't explain that in a medical and scientific way, but I can tell you personally it was an amazing experience," said Dr. Sean Ameli, a cardiologist.

If you think you're heart is racing when you watch a game you're not imagining things. Dr. Ameli says watching the game on television can increase your heart rate 75% from normal. If you're watching from the stands, it can increase 110%. There are three cases during the game when you'll feel your heart beating hardest: when your team tries to score, when the other team tries to score, and when the game goes into overtime.

Could this set off a heart attack? Doctors say in rare cases yes, but especially so for those with heart conditions. For most people, the games aren't literally heart-stopping.

"For a moment everybody is together and the same and enjoying things together. I think that's actually heartwarming and that's probably priceless," said Dr. Ameli.

Symptoms to watch out for are chest pain, shortness of breath, and indigestion and heartburn that goes up to your jaw and arm. If they stick around for several minutes that's when Dr. Ameli says you should call 911