The Christ Hospital Offers Heart-Healthy Tips for Watching the "Cardiac Cats"
Cincinnati - The Cincinnati Bengals have acquired the nickname "The Cardiac Cats" among some local and national media, thanks to their impressive, last-second wins against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens this season. As Bengals fans prepare for another round of heart-pounding action against the Houston Texans on Oct. 18, The Christ Hospital, as Greater Cincinnati's Heart Hospital SM, has some stress-busting recommendations to help keep your blood pressure in check.
- Take a deep breath after every offensive play.
- Pace during time outs and end of quarters to relieve muscle tension and burn calories.
- Avoid using tobacco - even one cigarette constricts your blood vessels.
- Drink in moderation.
- Watch your salt intake - too much salt increases water in your body, which may increase your blood pressure.
- Celebrate the "good" moments - hoot and holler to get a positive release!
- Don't sweat the small stuff - pick what situations you will react to and those that may not be worth it.
- Relax! There is always the next game.
Also, consider some heart-healthy alternatives to your tailgating or party menu that serve up great taste without sacrificing your diet.
- A four-ounce turkey burger has 180 calories, 11 grams of total fat and 3.5 grams of saturated fat, compared to a regular four-ounce hamburger, which has 286 calories, 18.2 grams of total fat and seven grams of saturated fat.
- A sweet Italian-style chicken sausage link has 110 calories, six grams of total fat and two grams of saturated fat, compared to one hot dog, which has 380 calories, 22 grams of total fat and nine grams of saturated fat.
- Choose baked potato chips over fried. A 1.25 ounce serving of baked potato chips has 130 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and no saturated fat. One ounce of regular potato chips can contain 150 calories, 10 grams of total fat and three grams of saturated fat.
- Dip your chips in salsa instead of sour cream onion dip. Two ounces of salsa has just five calories and no fat, compared to two tablespoons of the dip, which can have 60 calories, five grams of total fat and 2.5 grams of total fat.