Heart Rates, Heart At­tacks and Hunt­ing

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Re­search from Slip­pery Rock Uni­ver­sity un­veiled height­ened risk of heart at­tack for some hunters when trans­port­ing their kill out of the woods.

Par­tic­i­pants in the study dragged a 123-pound fake deer a quar­ter mile while wear­ing heart-rate mon­i­tors in a sim­u­lated hunt­ing sce­nario. The par­tic­i­pants’ heart rates spiked to more than 85% of their max, con­sid­ered high-in­ten­sity ex­er­cise, in lit­tle more than 2 ½ min­utes.

Study au­thor Steve Verba, PH.D., notes THAT THE SPIKE CAN BE A SIG­NIF­I­CANT PROB­LEM be­cause hunters gen­er­ally don’t have any warm-up pe­riod be­fore they get to work, which is nec­es­sary to grad­u­ally in­crease heart rate and avoid dan­ger­ous spikes.

“We get into this idea of car­diac ir­ri­tabil­ity—where de­mand out­paces the sup­ply—and the heart has a very hard time de­liv­er­ing blood and re­mov­ing waste,” Verba says. “If the heart rate and de­mand were so high right out of the gate, that’s gen­er­ally where we can see a pre­cur­sor to things like heart at­tack.”

IF THE HUNTER IS AFIELD IN THE WIN­TER­TIME, COLD TEM­PER­A­TURES, IN AD­DI­TION TO THE ADREN­A­LINE SPIKES that come for the ex­cite­ment of the chase can fur­ther in­crease heart rate and risk for heart at­tack. Seden­tary peo­ple are at even greater risk.

Since warm-ups dur­ing the thick of the hunt aren’t gen­er­ally a rea­son­able op­tion, Verba sug­gests tak­ing fre­quent breaks from drag­ging game from the woods. If you can, have a friend help you drag the an­i­mal to your ve­hi­cle.

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