(DETROIT, MI February 1, 2012) – If you are upset that Patriots lost to Giants on Sunday night, you’d better keep a close watch on your heart health.

As incredible as it sounds, research published last year in the journal Clinical Cardiology, suggests that emotional stress over the favorite team’s Super Bowl loss may cause heart attacks, especially in people who already have cardiovascular disease.

Although the agony of defeat is admittedly an unusual trigger for a coronary, heart health in general is a timely topic right now. Each year, February marks the annual Heart Month, during which prevention and management of this disease – the leading killer of Americans – is brought to public attention.

“The reason this is so important is not only because heart disease claims about 910,000 lives each year in this country, but also because the majority of these cases could be prevented,” says Prussia Hall, a personal trainer at every BODY in Detroit, MI.

According to American Heart Association, more than 70 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of heart disease, and millions of cases remain undetected.

Even though preventive measures such as low-fat diet and regular exercise have been proven to be effective cardiovascular disease deterrents, many people’s attempts to get healthy are (no pun intended) half-hearted at best:

• According to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, only 5 percent of American adults engage in some type of vigorous physical activity on any given day. “This means 95 percent either exercise infrequently or not at all,” Hall says. “How scary is that?”
• A study by AC Nielsen market research group a few years ago showed that, even though many Americans know that bad nutrition is unhealthy, 20 percent – about 60 million – eat fast food at least twice a week.

“”Saturated fat found in abundance in junk foods will raise the cholesterol level and clog the arteries – heart disease just waiting to happen,” Hall warns.

Combine these two bad habits – poor diet and lack of physical activity – and your risk for coronary disease goes up, especially if you bring other factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high stress level, or smoking – into the mix.

“Exercise and good eating habits help us lose extra pounds we may have piled on over the years and maintain healthy weight afterwards,” Hall notes. “That’s very important because inactivity leads to obesity, and obesity is a risk factor for heart disease.”

A brisk, vigorous exercise that raises your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time – for example, interval training – will improve your cardiovascular endurance, and burn lots of fat and calories, Hall says. “And that is going to keep your ticker healthy and strong, even long after the Super Bowl is finished!”

About every BODY:

Launched by fitness expert Prussia Hall in October 2008, every BODY offers women’s only and co-ed personal training and boot camp fitness programs which specialize in the areas of women’s fitness, corporate wellness, teen health, weight loss and nutrition. Program details and client testimonials are available at Hall, a certified fitness expert with over 8 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at or 800-217-8247.

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About Prussia Hall, Fitness Expert:

Hall is a certified fitness expert (B.B.A., M.S., NASM, CPT) with over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry. Hall can be reached at or 800-217-8247 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

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