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Emotional stress of Super Bowl could stop your heart

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A big event happening this weekend may be life or death for some.

A new study suggesting the emotional stress of the Super Bowl could be heart-stopping.

Researchers studied heart attack rates in Los Angeles County after the L.A. Rams lost the 1980 Super Bowl.

"There was a 15 percent increase in cardiac death among men, there was also a 27 percent increase in cardiac death among women," Dr. Robert Kloner of L. A.'s Good Samaritan Hospital said.

Experts say fans can have an intense connection to their favorite team, leading to surges in adrenaline during big plays, and big disappointments.

That means an increase in heart rates and blood pressure.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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