New reports are beginning to surface that, in terms of health and safety attending sporting events in Philadelphia, out-of-towners are not the ones who should be worried; Philadelphia fans should be worried. According to a report from CNN mental health expert Dr. Charles Raison, supporting a losing team could be detrimental to your health. Raison writes,
“Study after study shows that death rates spike in cities that lose important sporting events. Most of the deaths are from sudden heart attacks and related cardiovascular events, suggesting that people get so upset when their side loses that it literally breaks their hearts.”
So essentially being a diehard Philadelphia fan that is way too overly invested in the outcome of every game could kill me? Well that is unfortunate but, on the surface, it seems unlikely that this is possible. But he cites a report from the Heart Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Ca. For instance,
“Sporting events can acutely increase cardiovascular event and death rates. A greater impact is observed in patients with known coronary artery disease and when stressful features are present, including a passionate fan, a high-stakes game, a high-intensity game, a loss, and a loss played at home. Sporting events affect cardiovascular health through neuroendocrine responses and possibly an increase in high-risk behaviors.”
They started to lose me with the big words towards the end there but this is essentially saying that every time a Philadelphia team loses a big game, my heart is actually affected by the outcome. Scary stuff and, what is even scarier, there is nothing I can do to change it.
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