A local doctor recommends walking out of the room if game stress is too overwhelming.

View Full Caption

CHICAGO — Feeling that Cubs game hangover this morning? We are too. 

During the epic, almost five-hour game, thousands of fans came down with what can only be described as Cubs Anxiety Disorder. Symptoms include stress-eating nachos, drinking too many beers and muttering profanity-laced prayers under your breath while hiding in your sweatshirt. 

Turns out, sports stress can really do some major damage. 

study by the New England Journal of Medicine looked at German fans during the 2006 World Cup and found that watching a stressful soccer match more than doubles the risk of a cardiovascular event.

Before last year’s World Series, Dr. Ernest Wang at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston said your Cubs game stress can do major damage. 

“It’s going to be a range of things,” said Wang, an emergency room physician. “Too much to drink, abdominal pain from too much eating, chest pain. Sometimes it’s hard to parse out if it’s the eating or if it’s stress from the game.”

Many fans have enough self-control to prevent overeating or overdrinking to the point of illness, but far fewer are able to handle by themselves the stress that can come with watching your team in the big game, Wang said.

Some fans are more susceptible to heart issues than others. Older men with existing health issues should know the risk of becoming too worked up during the World Series, Wang said. (The study showed that men were much more likely to suffer cardiac issues during sports viewing than women.)

“There’s a risk for certain folks,” Wang said. “You’re getting anxiety about the game, getting worked up. I wouldn’t wait. If it’s potentially a heart problem, you should come in.”

And what should you do if the Cubs have you overstressed?

“It’s probably better to walk out of the room,” Wang said. “If the problem persists, then you should probably seek attention.”

Definitely don’t wait until after the game ends to seek treatment, Wang said. That happens much more often than you might believe, he said.

“People don’t come in until after” the game, he said.

Here are some more symptoms of Cubs Anxiety Disorder we spotted last night: 

 

 

The Cubs and Wrigley Field are 95 percent owned by an entity controlled by a trust established for the benefit of the family of Joe Ricketts, owner and CEO of DNAinfo.com. Joe Ricketts has no direct involvement in the management of the iconic team.