USA Today reports that a sports loss can trigger a heart attack and other deleterious effects. according to Dr. Robert Kloner who headed the USC study.
Cardiac death rates increased in Los Angeles County after the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1980 Super Bowl, according to the study in Monday's journal Clinical Cardiology. Unlike a previous study that linked World Cup soccer game losses to cardiac deaths, most of them in men, the new study showed that death rates increased more for women (27%) vs. men (15%) and older people (22%). Overall death rates also increased, but the cardiac death increases were the most dramatic.