Risking the Super Bowl

We can’t let the week go by without mentioning this weekend’s Super Bowl game. Whether your money is on the Patriots or the Giants, a few risk management tips appear to be in order. Before you head out to the game or switch on the TV Sunday, bear in mind that a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that viewing a stressful soccer match more than doubles the risk of an acute cardiovascular event. Researchers examined the relation between emotional stress and the incidence of cardiovascular events during the FIFA World Cup held in Germany in the summer of 2006. The findings suggest the risk is higher in men, than in women, and particularly in men with known coronary heart disease. In view of this excess risk, researchers say preventive measures are urgently needed. Meanwhile, for those throwing a Super Bowl party, the I.I.I. offers tips for being a responsible host. The day of the big game is also one of the most dangerous days to be on the road as too many impaired drivers make their way home after the party. Making sure your gathering includes a number of designated drivers is the way to go.  

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