NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the biggest games the Jets and their fans have looked forward to since last year.
After the Jets fell to the Indianapolis Colts in last year’s AFC Championship game, Coach Rex Ryan and his Gang Green pledged to return and go even farther in this year’s playoffs.
But as fans prepare for Sunday’s showdown in Steeler town, doctors say be wary.
“The more important the game, the higher the stress. I’m sure the Jets fans will be on the edge of their seats. Their heart rate and blood pressure, I anticipate, is going to be rising. That’s for sure,” Dr. Franklin Zimmerman, senior attending cardiologist and director of critical care at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, said.
With football typically comes a whole smorgasbord of unhealthy foods, which doesn’t hurt the chances of cardiac arrest.
“During the game, they’re often eating very high fat food, they’re eating salty food, they might be drinking more than they should, and they’re certainly under stress—win or lose,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman said he doesn’t want to scare Jets fans, but that they should consider their health during the game.
“We don’t tell anyone they shouldn’t watch the game. That’s for sure. We want Jets fans to root for their teams as much as they want to,” Zimmerman said. “During the game, if they’re on any medication such as cardiac medication, they absolutely shouldn’t forget to take their medicine.”