It seems that death by boredom isn’t the only risk undertaken by watching the Superbowl.
As minutes of your life tick by at a lame-ass Sunday night party wherein everyone consumes squeeze cheese and has to be up too early the next day for any proper fun to be had, there is another possible fatal horror that awaits you. Roofies in the Budweiser? Listeriosis from undercooked cocktail weiners? Nope. It appears that cheering on the losing team could lead to a- I’m not making this up- fatal heart attack.
A study was published in Clinical Cardiology, measuring “emotional stress” in populations following the 1980 and 1984 Superbowls. In 1980, Los Angeles fans dealt with a loss, while in 1984, there was a win. The results were pretty surprising:
In the study, there was a 15 percent increase in cardiac related deaths among men, associated with losing, and a 27 percent increase in heart related events in women from Super Bowl team losses. In older adults, circulatory heart related events increased 22 percent. The risk of heart attack and other related cardiac events was directly linked to emotional stress of watching a home team loss.
Robert A. Kloner, MD, an author of the study, explains:
“Physicians and patients should be aware that stressful games might elicit an emotional response that could trigger a cardiac event. Stress reduction programs or certain medications might be appropriate in individual cases.”
Do you feel that watching events like the Superbowl gets your heart rate up?