A research study conducted by the University of Southern California has revealed that the emotional stress one suffers when their team loses could lead to cardiac death.

The researchers compared the Super Bowl defeat of Los Angeles in 1980 to their triumph in the 1984 tournament and found that the 1980 loss saw an increased rate of cardiac deaths in both men and women with older people more prone to death.

The study revealed that men had a 15 percent increase in deaths associated with a Super Bowl loss while women had a 27 percent increase in deaths resulting from a loss.

Older people had a 22 percent increase in circulatory deaths which resulted from the 1980 loss.

The Super Bowl XLV saw Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.