Healthy Gang, we often experience severe stress when watching sports matches, especially when we are heavy supporters of one side. For example, the Thomas Cup match was very exciting, especially since the Indonesian team was only very narrowly scored. Stress? Can’t stand it? Why not watch?
The reaction is normal. In fact, some say it’s better not to watch it than a heart attack. Wow, is it that scary because of a sports match that can be fatal? What are the facts?
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Adrenaline Flood and Its Impact on the Heart
When we are very stressed, tense, or very excited, the body releases a lot of hormones. One of them is adrenaline. Adrenaline, also called epinephrine, is a hormone released by the adrenal glands and some nerve cells.
The adrenal glands are located at the top of the kidneys. This gland produces many hormones, including aldosterone, cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. The adrenal glands are controlled by another gland called the pituitary gland.
The adrenal glands are divided into two parts: the outer glands (adrenal cortex) and the inner glands (adrenal medulla). The inner glands produce adrenaline.
Adrenaline is also known as the “foe or friend hormone.” Adrenaline is released in response to stressful, exciting, dangerous, or threatening situations. Adrenaline helps our bodies react faster. This makes the heart beat faster, increases blood flow to the brain and muscles, and stimulates the body to make sugar to use as fuel.
When adrenaline is suddenly released in large quantities due to intense stress, the condition is often called an adrenaline rush or adrenaline rush.
Some activities that trigger adrenaline include extreme conditions, activities, and situations. For example, watching horror movies, skydiving, cliff jumping, diving near sharks, white water rafting, and so on.
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Can Trigger a Heart Attack?
The term heart attack due to high tension is actually not quite right. Only indeed, tension and severe stress can indeed lead to heart failure. In the journal Circulation, was published a study related to heart failure in people who experience severe stress, which is actually a mechanism that protects the heart from very high levels of adrenaline.
This heart failure syndrome is called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or often called “broken heart syndrome” because it occurs in people who are suffering from severe emotional stress, such as in a state of bereavement (deep sadness).
About 1-2% of people who are initially suspected of having a heart attack are eventually found to have this increasingly recognized syndrome.
Patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, most commonly older women, have symptoms that mimic a heart attack. However, the results of heart tests showed there was no blockage in the coronary arteries, the condition that most commonly causes heart attacks.
One of the causes is excess adrenaline. In this new study, patients experienced overstimulation of the heart, resulting in very high levels of adrenaline and actually harming the heart.
“Adrenaline stimulation of the heart is important to help us get more oxygen around the body in stressful situations, but can be damaging if it lasts too long,” said Professor Sian Harding, from the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI). ) at Imperial College London, who led the research.
Well, Healthy Gang, so short stress and tension actually have benefits for the body. However, if it lasts a long time, you have to be careful. In other words, even watching a tense match will trigger adrenaline, but if you continue it will not be good. Knowing your own ability to manage stress will be very important, in choosing activities or situations that stimulate adrenaline.
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Sciencesaily.com. ‘Broken heart syndrome’ protects the heart from adrenaline overload
Healthline.com. Adrenaline rush.