Be careful when watching the Packers play the Steelers next week. If you’re at risk for heart disease, rooting too hard for a team that ultimately loses could increase your risk of suffering a heart attack.
Researchers utilized data from the Los Angeles County health department to study two week periods immediately following the 1980 and 1984 Super Bowls. The L.A. Rams played in both games, losing in 1980 in a close game to the Steelers, but crushing the Washington Redskins in 1984. In 1980, the number of deaths rose 17 percent while in 1984 they actually decreased immediately following the game.
Their strategy for preventing heart problems: Tape the game and wait to hear the results. Yeah, we’ll see if that one catches on.