How being a Manchester Utd fan can kill you
Published 19/12/2011 | 05:00
ONE Manchester United fan knows exactly what is meant when people say football is a matter of life and death.
Without treatment, the 58-year-old woman is in danger of dying from stress while watching her team play.
Doctors diagnosed "Addisonian crisis", a rare and life-threatening condition caused by lack of the stress hormone cortisol.
Towards the end of high-profile matches at Old Trafford, the woman suffered episodes of anxiety, palpitations, panic, light-headedness and a sense of impending doom.
Symptoms were especially severe during crucial games when the outcome was in question until the last minute, said doctors writing in the 'British Medical Journal'.