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Male and even female fans of World Cup soccer should not take the tense
competition in South Africa too seriously, as a study based on the previous
tournament found that the heart attack rate more than doubles during the
Dr. Gal Dubnov, chief of sports medicine at Sheba Medical Center,
said Wednesday anxiety and emotional stress while watching as well as being
stationary and snacking for a month can harm health.
The survey, which
appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine two years ago, was based on the
number of heart attacks in Germany while watching the World Cup of
On those days when the German team competed against other national
teams, the researchers found, the number of heart attacks jumped by 3.3
among men and 1.8 times among women.
Most of the ischemic events took
place within two hours after the game started.
About half of those who
had a history of heart problems and were watching the games had a
The types of coronary events they counted included acute
coronary syndromes, symptomatic arrhythmias, cardiac arrests or
discharge of implantable defibrillators. Acute cardiovascular events
in 4,279 patients.
The authors of the article said people, especially men
with a history of heart problems, should take preventive measures such
relaxing and exercising, while some physicians advised their heart