Staying upbeat at the World Cup?

During the 2006 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, held in Germany, Wilbert-Lampden and colleagues (2006) examined the relationship between emotional stress and the incidence of cardiovascular events. They found that viewing a stressful soccer match more than doubled the risk of an acute cardiovascular event. The risk appeared to be higher amongst men with known coronary heart disease.

This might be a good time to apply a relaxation exercise!


Wilbert-Lampen, U., Leistner, D., Greven, S., Pohl, T., Sper, S., Volker, C., . . . Steinbeck, G. (2008). Cardiovascular events during world cup soccer. The New England Journal of Medicine, 358, 475-483. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa0707427

Gina Huisy MAPS (2014)

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