Fred Bodimer (@FredBodimerKMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The playoffs for the Stanley Cup are beginning at the Scottrade Center and fans are getting ready, but a local cardiologist warns fans about getting too emotional over the playoffs.

SLU Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim at Saint Louis University says diehard hockey fans have more to worry about other than the final score.

“It’s been shown either in Europe with the followers with their team as they live and die or with Super Bowls in this country,” Lim says. “There is an increase in heart attacks with these big events and with their fans following the teams.”

Lim says fans should see their doctor and assess their heart risk if they have not been tested.

“If you have seen your doctor and your heart risk is not something that needs more testing or more evaluation,” he says. “Start eating better, start exercising and start taking those steps on a daily basis so that you can be around as long as your teams will be around.”

Lim says fans need to be aware of the association and to be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pressure, shortness of breath, feeling nauseated and sweating.

He also reminds fans that it’s just a game.

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