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Old 02-01-2011, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default Study: Sports loss can influence hearth health


Well lets hope the Losing teams fans get some family support.

An emotional loss in the Super Bowl may be hazardous to a fan's health, a study suggests

Cardiac death rates increased in Los Angeles County after the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1980 Super Bowl, according to the study in Monday's journal Clinical Cardiology. Unlike a previous study that linked World Cup soccer game losses to cardiac deaths, most of them in men, the new study showed that death rates increased more for women (27%) vs. men (15%) and older people (22%). Overall death rates also increased, but the cardiac death increases were the most dramatic.

"The higher rates of female deaths surprised us," says lead author Robert Kloner, a physician and professor at the University of Southern California. "More women are becoming avid sports fans, but some people suggested we think about the interaction between men and women. If a man gets angry and upset (about the loss), that's going to upset a partner."

Kloner and researchers at the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles examined death rates in Los Angeles County after the Los Angeles Rams' 1980 loss and the Los Angeles Raiders' 1984 victory and compared those rates with death rates during those same periods in non-Super Bowl years. Data included total number of deaths as well as deaths from circulatory diseases such as heart failure and ischemic heart disease.

Death rates decreased slightly after the Raiders' win, most notably in people 65 and older and in women.

Kloner says a fan's emotional response to a team can be as strong as a connection to a family member and can be a trigger for heart-related death if the person has an underlying heart condition. Other triggers: heavy exercise, a big meal, anger, grief and infections.

"If we can identify these triggers, understand how they work and in whom they work, then we can have therapies to reduce cardiac morbidity," Kloner says.

Factors that might have contributed to the fans' cardiac reaction to the Rams' loss: the excitement of the game, fan loyalty to the team and the location of the Super Bowl. The lead changed hands seven times, the game was played "at home" in Pasadena, and the team had been based in Los Angeles since 1946. When the Raiders won in 1984, the team was in Los Angeles only a few years, and the game took place in Florida

As a side note, I was on Google news today and the top 10 stories included the Green Bay Packers but not the Pittsburgh Steelers, so Packer fans are getting more respect from the media than the Steelers.

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makes sense lol. after all the teams that win/lose close games are called 'cardiac' after all
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