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Football Fans Warned

by Medindia Content Team on June 24, 2006 at 10:12 AM
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Football Fans Warned

Health experts at BUPA issued a warning to football fans, ahead of Sunday's game, after research has shown that the risk of heart attacks increased by a quarter during football matches. The game with Ecuador is the first knockout match and could end with penalties.

Tony Urwin of BUPA said: "When people's emotions run high stress levels can shoot up affecting both their heart rate and blood pressure.We are hoping that history does not repeat itself".

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"If England gets knocked out from the penalty spot again as they did against Germany and Argentina there is a risk for some that their health could be seriously affected by this tension time-bomb."

"Remember it is just a game." he added

"We know that intense emotional distress, whatever the cause, can trigger a heart attack in people with established coronary heart disease. Of course, if you have heart disease and you're a big football fan, there's no reason not to enjoy the game - just try to stay as calm as you can during those exciting shootouts."Dr. Charmaine Griffiths, of the British HeartFoundation,said.

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