Monday 23 April 2018

Scientists find home wins are heartbreakers for sports fans

Leicester City fans celebrate winning the 2015–16 Premier League title (Getty Images)
Leicester City fans celebrate winning the 2015–16 Premier League title (Getty Images)

Peter Johnson

Dedicated sports fans have long known that passionately supporting their team through thick and thin can come at a cost.

But few would have predicted that doing so could cause them a heart attack - particularly when their team wins.

That, however, is the principal insight of new research, which established a link between a club's sporting victory and increased heart attack risk among its fans.

The risk was found to be particularly strong among men aged under 55.

Scientists set out to look for evidence that supporting a team may directly trigger a medical emergency.

Montreal Canadiens is the oldest continuous professional ice hockey team in the world. Researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute analysed admissions data for patients presenting with heart attacks on the day after the team had played.

They found that in men under 55 a home victory was associated with a 40pc increase in heart attack admissions. The association between losing games and hospital admissions was not statistically significant.

Irish Independent

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