Viewers with weak hearts might want to stick to the commercials this Super Sunday, as a New England Journal of Medicine study shows a clear correlation between intense sports matches and spikes in heart attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports. In Germany during the 2006 World Cup, heart troubles jumped up to five times the average on big-game days.
US hospitals are gearing up for a similar flood of afflicted fans during Sunday's Super Bowl. "Once it gets too exciting, I'll be standing in the ER, waiting for them to come in," promises a Phoenix cardiologist. For those who'd like to keep ticking throughout the game, advice is to remember medications, and to leave the room when things get stressful.