Question: I’ve had heart issues in the past year, but I feel fine now. Can I still hunt?
Answer: It depends. If you’re a hunter and have had high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or have even had a heart attack, it’s best to check with your physician or cardiologist before hunting. They’ll let you know whether it’s OK for you to go hunting this season.
This caution is in place because people with an existing heart condition are at a higher risk for stress that affects the heart. The stress can be caused by the adrenaline rush of seeing and shooting a deer or high levels of exertion, such as hiking, climbing or dragging a deer through the woods.
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These can trigger a heart attack or cause additional stress on your heart that can lead to sudden death. Even if you don’t have heart trouble, you can still have problems in the woods. You are at an increased risk if you smoke, have diabetes or have a family history of heart problems.