The stress of your favorite football team losing the Super Bowl could send you to the emergency room.
Dr. Victoria Shin at Torrance Memorial Hospital cites a study in L.A. County that shows an increase in heart attacks following the L.A. Rams 1980 Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile, there was a decrease in the number of heart attacks in 1984 when the then-L.A. Raiders beat the Washington Redskins.
Dr. Shin says the evidence is anecdotal, but it's possible that stress and binge eating that day contributed to the increase of heart-related trips to the E.R.