A new study suggests that Super Bowl losses cause cardiac arrest. A team of researchers published results of a Super Bowl study in the journal Clinical Cardiology. The researchers analyzed the death records throughout Los Angeles County for a two week period following the 1980 and 1984 Super Bowl games. The researchers found that the emotional stress brought upon fans following a team loss is linked to fatal heart attacks, especially in fans who have heart disease, smoke, have diabetes, or are obese, as well as in viewers over the age of 65.
Researchers found that during the 1980 Super Bowl game, heart related deaths spiked over 15% among men and 27% among women in the two weeks following a fourth quarter come back staged by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Los Angeles Rams. Dr. Robert A. Kloner, cardiology professor at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine within Los Angeles offered: "Fans develop an emotional connection to their team...and when their team loses, it's an emotional stress. There's a brain-heart connection, and it is important for people to be aware of that."
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