Turkey : ‘Cases of heart attacks increase in important matches’

In a study conducted with Brazilian spectators during the 2014 World Cup, it was stated that fans who were overly attached to their teams experienced more stress while watching live matches.

According to the results of the research published in Stress and Health Magazine, it was noted that excessive bias can lead to many health problems. It was stated that cortisol, which is a stress hormone, can cause a suppressed immune system (cough, cold, allergy) weight gain and high blood pressure in time. In previous researches, it was among the results of the research that there was an increase in heart attacks among the fans on important match days.


Dr. Nişantaşı University Social Services Department, who said that the events around people or the activities that they live and sometimes participate in to get excited can affect their mood positively or negatively. Lecturer. Enis Balkan said, “When we get excited or make us feel bad, our nervous system causes the secretion of hormones like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. In this context, it may create problems in the health of the fans watching the sports competitions. ”

Giving an example from the fans in the football match. Balkan, “When the team does not perform the desired performance, it gets angry, angry and angry. This leads to the release of the hormones we have described above. With the effect of these hormones, breathing speeds up, the number of heart beats increases, blood pressure rises, muscles tighten, changes in the digestive system, abdominal pain begins, diarrhea may occur. Again, with this effect, the immune system becomes suppressed and becomes susceptible to infections. ”


Public Health Specialist, who stated that if healthy people do not take long, they will not be adversely affected by these changes. Balkan said, “However, some pre-existing conditions in the body can cause life-threatening negativities during this period as well. For example, research conducted among the audience of important final matches shows that the probability of having a heart attack increases in these matches. In these cases, it is also observed that aggression tendencies increase. ”


He advised on what to do personally in the solution of the issue. Lecturer. Member Enis Balkan said, “Learning to deal with stress is to have the knowledge and equipment to manage its stress. It is necessary to keep in mind the commonly used saying “ harms the sharp vinegar cube ” and learn anger management. Nevertheless, it is very difficult not to be excited and impressed in environments with large crowds such as stadiums. Regardless of the resistance within the framework of mass psychology, the majority hears the same excitement and are affected, irritated, angry, and even some are damaged. It may be the most reasonable suggestion that people with cardiovascular diseases do not go to the match. ”

Dr. Lecturer. Member Enis Balkan said, “It can be recommended for these situations, which are not easy to solve, socially, taking measures to calm the environment when tension increases, preventing discourses of the social supporters of the fans, managing the matches fairly, creating better environments with calming music to be played in the competition environment”. . (DHA)