Thursday, January 31, 2008
Attention Super Bowl Fans
Relax, Super Bowl fans, and spare your hearts. For rabid fans of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, this Sunday's Super Bowl won't be just a game. It may be a health hazard. Heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies doubled in Munich, Germany, when that nation's soccer team played in World Cup matches, according to a new study. While history suggests European soccer fans can get a bit more worked up than the average American football fan, doctors think there are some valid warnings to be shared. It is reasonable to think that something quite similar might happen as happened in Munich. Emotional stress is blamed for the heart problems, but they added that lack of sleep, overeating, wolfing down junk food, boozing and smoking could have played a large part too.