The NCAA basketball tournament is in full effect, which means the stakes are high for die-hard fans! But can watching your team lose literally break your heart? According to a new study, yes!
Previous European studies have suggested a link between sports losses and increased death, but until now, no such studies had been done in the US.
Researchers in Los Angeles wanted to see if there were changes in the city's death rate in 1980 when the LA Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the super bowl, and again in 1984 when the LA Raiders won the super bowl.
They found deaths in Los Angeles rose significantly after the Rams' close loss compared to the same period in past years. Also, the city's deaths declined after the raiders' 1984 win!
So how can you survive if your team makes it next year? If you have a history of heart problems, taking beta blockers or anti-anxiety medications before the game may work, or you can even just learn how to use deep breathing!
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