Being a Philadelphia Eagles fan could be hazardous to your health

The Philadelphia Eagles are one win away from the Super Bowl -- but the team's success may actually be doing its fans more harm than good. 

The excitement that comes along with being an invested sports fan can also lead to potentially dangerous health conditions, according to Dr. Vincent Figueredo, the chair of cardiology at Philadelphia's Einstein Medical Center. 

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"People get very excited and there’s a sudden elevation of adrenaline levels," he told Stephanie Stahl of CBS 3 Philly, "and this increases stress on the heart, increases blood pressure [and] increases heart rate."

In layman's terms, watching this playoff run by the Eagles is probably putting you at risk for some heart problems. 

When Philadelphia was last in the Super Bowl in 2005, Dr. Figueredo reported an uptick in patients with heart issues. Many of them reportedly had underlying health problems that were aggravated by the stress of the big game. 

Related: Look back at the Eagles' takedown of the Falcons last weekend: 

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Cornerback Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 15 to 10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 15-10. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons attempts to make a catch against cornerback Ronald Darby #41 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a first-down pass as he is tackled by cornerback Ronald Darby #41 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Outside linebacker Nigel Bradham #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate defensive end Derek Barnett #96 after sacking quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled as he runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles misses a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after Jake Elliott #4 kicked a 53 yard field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Cornerback Jalen Mills #31 and defensive back Randall Goforth #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles take a knee in the endzone before playing against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Injured Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with teammate Trey Burton #88 prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a call while playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against cornerback Jalen Mills #31 and defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Dr. Figueredo's advice? Avoid fattening football food and booze, and "don't take [the game] too seriously."

Seeing as the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, we're betting that most fans would be willing to trade quite a bit -- including years off their lives -- to see their team hoist the Lombardi Trophy come February.

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