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Be Careful On Super Bowl Sunday, Rabid Sports Fans Risk Heart Attack

Fanatical sports enthusiasts might want to fall back next time their shouting, “Go team, go!” at the top of their lungs.

New research shows that a heart-pounding sports match may be bad for the heart.

That’s what German researchers found when they tracked heart attacks during the 2006 World Cup soccer championships. World Cup teams attract some of the world’s most passionate and loyal sports fans, with wins and losses triggering nationalistic celebrations and riots.

The study, published in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, examined heart attack trends among Germans during the 2006 tournament compared to other times of the year. They found that on days the German team played, cardiac emergencies more than tripled for men and nearly doubled for women.

How the team played, the overall importance of the match and whether the winner was determined by a shootout all affected fans’ heart risks. When Germany beat Costa Rica on June 9 of that year, cardiac emergencies rose. The effect was even more pronounced in the second preliminary match, when Germany defeated Poland in a dramatic contest, with the winning goal scored in the last minute. But notably, after Germany had already qualified for the next round, a less important match with Ecuador didn’t have much effect on the rate of heart attacks.

So-called knockout games, which determine whether a team stays in the tournament, appeared to provoke the highest level of emotional stress and resulting cardiac events. The quarterfinal during which Germany beat Argentina after a dramatic penalty shootout was associated with a major increase in the number of heart attacks. On the day of the semifinal, in which Germany lost to Italy and failed to reach the final, the number of events also surged.

Once Germany was out of the finals, the effects of the tournament on German fans’ hearts virtually disappeared. On the day of the match that determined third place, in which Germany beat Portugal, the number of heart attacks didn’t increase. The final match between Italy and France triggered only a moderate increase in cardiac events.

“Apparently, of prime importance for triggering a stress-induced event is not the outcome of a game — a win or a loss — but rather the intense strain and excitement experienced during the viewing of a dramatic match, such as one with a penalty shootout,” the study authors wrote.

The risk was highest for fans who already had heart disease. Their chance of having a heart attack or other cardiac events during the tournament was four times higher, while risk doubled for those who didn’t have a prior history of heart problems.

The researchers noted that the higher risk of viewing stressful soccer matches should be taken into consideration by doctors treating patients with known heart disease. Not only should doctors counsel patients about stress, but they may consider increasing a patient’s medication dose during stressful sports events.

Although European soccer fans are unique in the sports world for their intense loyalty and passionate reactions to game results, the findings likely translate to fans of other major sporting events, the authors noted.

“I know a little bit about the Super Bowl,” study author Dr. Gerhard Steinbeck of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich told the Associated Press. “It’s reasonable to think that something quite similar might happen.” [NY Times]

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In 2001, Philly rapper Eve finally earned her breakthrough hit on the pop charts with "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," a bouncy hip-hop collaboration with No Doubt's lead vocalist Gwen Stefani. However, E-V-E revealed on CBS' The Talk that her record label at the time had doubts regarding Stefani's feature.

On Monday (Dec. 17), Stefani appeared on the show. Sharon Osbourne asked co-host Eve what she remembers from their first musical encounter 17 years ago to which Eve said, "I just loved Gwen. I was a huge fan, and I was like this is gonna work. Although, the label didn't think it would work."

Stefani responded, "Really? I thought it was the opposite. I thought they said, 'You need to have her on the record.' " Eve continued stating that she had to "fight" for Stefani and was "happy it happened."

 

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In 2002, just a month after the Dr. Dre-produced song took home the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Eve knew the duet was meant to be, telling VIBE, "Gwen and I had an instant connection both artistically and spiritually. We could have been sisters in another life."

"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" became one of many songs to enter the music industry stratosphere in the 2000s where black R&B/hip-hop stars worked with white pop/rock acts that would eventually expand each other's demographic.

Despite the song's success, it wouldn't be the last time the two artists worked together. Eve was featured on Stefani's top 10 hit "Rich Girl" in 2004 off her debut multi-platinum-selling solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., and served as her opening act on Stefani's This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour 12 years later.

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XXXTentacion's posthumous album Skins has topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, which marks the second time this year the late-20-year-old has held the number one spot. XXXTentacion was killed in Florida in June.

"The set, which was released on Dec. 7 via Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE, is XXXTentacion’s second No. 1, and it earned 132,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 13, according to Nielsen Music," reports Billboard of the news. "Of that sum, 52,000 were in album sales."

Skins is the first posthumous number one album since Prince's The Very Best of Prince, which catapulted to the top of the charts after his death in April 2016. XXX's album ? went No. 1 back in March 2018, and his first studio album 17 debuted at No. 2 in 2017.

The album featured one guest collaboration by Kanye West, who provided a controversial bar on the track "One Minute." He spits “Now your name is tainted, by the claims they paintin'/The defendant is guilty, no one blames the plaintiff.” A representative for West states that he was not defending XXXTentacion "or anyone in particular" on the song. At the time of his death, the young man. was awaiting trial for several domestic violence allegations against his then-pregnant girlfriend.

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Cardi B Gets Driving Lesson, Performs For Senior Citizens During 'Carpool Karaoke' Segment

Cardi B was the latest guest on James Corden's Late Late Show segment, "Carpool Karaoke," and as expected, it was a helluva time.

The Grammy nominee ran through some of her hits with Corden, such as "Bodak Yellow," "Money," "Be Careful" and more. She discussed her transition from stripper to MC, which Corden attributed to "grinding and hustling for a long time.”

“A lot of these deejays was sleepin’ on me… they was frontin’ on the kid!” Cardi exclaimed. Cardi also discussed her childhood growing up in the Bronx, which included keeping a razor blade in her cheek just in case some crazy sh*t goes down, as well as her affinity for ASMR videos. She also performed at a senior citizens' home at the end of the clip to a rousing response.

Perhaps the best part of the segment was her attempt to drive. Facilitated by a conversation in which the two discussed her five luxury cars, Cardi hit a few cones and flags while trying to maneuver in and out during a lesson. She said that the car (a Range Rover) was a bit big for her, but her lack of driving skills period resulted in her hitting a camera during her attempt at parallel parking.

“I couldn’t rap about these cars because I didn’t own them,” she laughed before adding, "[Driving] is scary.”

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