If you yourself havent said it yet, youve probably had a friend or two jokingly claim that this presidential election is going to make them have a heart attack. But the truth is, for many voters it may not be a joke at all. The amount of anger in this country, combined with a sharp political divide and hurtful rhetoric coming from both candidates camps, is enough to create the perfect storm for patients who are already considered at-risk for a heart attack — which is about half of Americans.
As we get closer to Election Day, it will not come as a shock to me if we see a corresponding spike in hospital visits from cardiac patients. One hospital on Long Island has already posted a notice to patients informing them that engaging in political discussionsabout either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the facilitys gym is prohibited.
Due to the fact that we have patients with heart conditions we can not allow debates in the gym, Southampton Hospital posted on the facility’s doors.