Cardiovascular Events and Football Tournaments(Medical Horizons)

Aly A Misha'l

Abstract


Many published studies discussed incidence of myocardial infarctions, arrhythmias and strokes during natural and man-made disasters.

Examples included sudden cardiac deaths during an earthquake in 1996, and increase of serious cardiac problems and sudden death during the Iraqi missile attacks on Israeli cities in 1991, and other incidents.

Unlike these disasters, cardiovascular events during supposedly enjoyable circumstances, such as sporting matches, were not expected. Several well-designed studies were conducted on these circumstances, which were helpful in clarifying the incidences and types of cardiovascular events related to football matches. Such studies are helpful as precautionary as well as therapeutic measures.

In January 2008, the new England Journal of Medicine published a well- designed study which involved (4279) subjects who attended The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) World Cup held in Germany from June 9 to July 9, 2006.

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