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Super Bowl Loss Can Increase Cardiac Deaths

When the home team loses the Super Bowl, there's an associated increase in death rates in men and women and older individuals, claim researchers in Los Angeles. The research, reported in Clinical Cardiology, reveals that the Super Bowl loss of 1980 in Los Angeles increased total and cardiac deaths in both men and women. The loss also triggered increased deaths in older patients compared to younger ones. Following the loss, there was a 15 percent increase in all circulatory deaths in men associated with the Super Bowl loss, and a 27 percent increase in women. "Physicians and patients should be aware that stressful games might elicit an emotional response that could trigger a cardiac event," says Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD. He suggests meds or stress reduction programs for some fans.

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