Are you guys ready for the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup final between Spain and Netherlands? I am sure your adrenaline is rushing to see your favorite team lift the world cup, at least Europeans can be relieved that the cup will stay in their continent. A recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found that stressful soccer match during the 2006 World Cup more than doubled the risk of cardiovascular events.
The study reviewed cases of patients in the area of Munich, Germany, whom emergency physicians had assessed during the 2006World Cup.
Why would there be more risk of heart attack due a soccer game?
The research reveals that when you are too excited or stressed about something, your adrenaline level gets high. This surge in adrenaline hormone can induce cardiovascular problems. In extreme cases, a burst of adrenaline can trigger arrhythmia, coronary spasms, and heart attacks. Also there are other factors that increase this risk if you have heart disease, hypertension, and use tobacco and alcohol.
Has there been a cardiac event during soccer matches?
Dr. Jose Luis López Sendón, chief of Cardiology Services at Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, Spain, acknowledged that till Wednesday afternoon he did not see an appreciable rise in cardiovascular problems at his hospital that can...
be attributed to the World Cup
Dr. López Sendón said that a 60 year old man heart attack accompanied by cardiac arrest during the final soccer game in the national league in the Real Madrid stadium in 2008. He was obese, had hypertension, high cholesterol, and was smoking a cigar. Although the case was serious, but this man recovered form the cardiac arrest and at the hospital his arteries were treated successfully.
It is recommended that don’t get too excited or stressed during this final 2010 FIFA soccer final. Here are some recommendations from doctors:
- Don’t eat a hamburger during the match,
- Don’t insult the referee if something happens that you don’t like,
- Don’t scream, don’t stand up.
- Cheer your team with a little applause, or say “what a shame” if the outcome isn’t in your favor.
Dr. López Sendón said that “There is always one who wins and one who loses.” “Those are the two sides of life.”
Enjoy the 2010 FIFA final and stay healthy!