Year : 2018  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66-70

Soccer related emotion and stress-induced cardiovascular events

1 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Nanchang University, Nanchang, China
2 Boston TransTec LLC, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Chunsong Hu
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cp.cp_14_18

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Some say soccer is a stimulant and others say that it is a jinx due to the strong excitement and anxiety that players and fans experience during and following soccer matches. Unexpected adverse events related to these emotions have been documented and include major cardiac events and death. For this reason, soccer may be called a “killer” by emotion. This article reviewed the literature for evidence relating to soccer clashes, riots and emotional stress-induced acute cardiovascular events. Mechanisms were also explored, and included blood pressure abnormalities, coronary heart disease, acute coronary syndrome or acute myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, sudden cardiac arrest, sudden cardiac deaths, and stroke.

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