Study: Super Bowl can cause dangerous stress levels

January 31, 2011 6:05:58 AM PST
Watching the Super Bowl can be bad for your health, depending on how exciting the game is.

A study says Los Angeles area researchers looked at heart-related deaths after the 1980 Super Bowl when the LA Rams lost a very close Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It found fifteen percent more people in L/A. died in the two-week period after the game than in the same period in years when the Rams weren't in the Super Bowl.

Cardiologists compare the elevated heart and blood pressure of watching an exciting Super Bowl to running a marathon.