Affordable Access

Nothing letal: no relationship between Euro/World football cup matches and coronary heart disease deaths in Switzerland.

Authors
Publisher
Lausanne: Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et de médecine
Publication Date
Keywords
  • Myocardial Infarction/Etiology
  • Myocardial Infarction/Mortality
  • Soccer
  • Leisure Activities
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress
  • Psychological
  • Switzerland
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Microsoft Word - ExporterLivreResumesRTF_AT24112010.rtf Metabolism and Cardiovascular/MCV-57 Nothing lethal: no relationship between Euro/World football cup matches and coronary heart disease deaths in Switzerland Marques-Vidal P. CHUV and University of Lausanne Background: several authors have suggested that watching football matches might increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). Objective: to assess the relationship between football matches and CHD mortality in Switzerland. Methods: Swiss mortality data was collected for the periods of European cups 1980 to 2004 and World cups 1982 to 2006 (385,238 deaths). CHD was assessed using the following ICD definitions: acute myocardial infarction (AMI) + unstable angina + acute ischaemic heart disease, unspecified + cardiac arrest + other cardiac arrhythmias. Matches carrying a potential extra stress, i.e. where the Swiss national team played or with over time or penalties, where flagged. Results: after adjusting for year, age and gender, no increase in the risk of dying from CHD was found in days when matches occurred (table). Similarly, no increase in the risk of dying from CHD was found for matches with extra time or with penalties, or after stratification on gender (table). Restricting deaths to AMI only also did not change the results (not shown). Conclusion: no relationship was found between Euro or World cup football matches and CHD mortality in Switzerland. Matches with extra time or with penalties do not carry any additional risk. Table 1: risk of dying of CHD according to football matches All (n=385,238) Men (n=196,023) Women (n= 189,215) Year 0.995 (0.993 – 0.997) 1.000 (0.997 – 1.002) 0.992 (0.988 - 0.997) Gender Women 1 (ref.) - - Men 0.86 (0.84 - 0.88) - - Age group 18-44 1 (ref.) 1 (ref.) 1 (ref.) 45-64 2.56 (2.34 - 2.80) 2.70 (2.44 - 2.98) 2.36 (1.90 - 2.92) 65-74 2.97 (2.73 - 3.24) 2.57 (2.34 - 2.83) 4.62 (3.77 - 5.64) 75+ 3.20 (2.93 - 3.50)

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.