When Iceland wins, be sure not to celebrate too hard, because it may be bad for your health.
While Iceland’s victory over England is only hours away, a medical professional has advised people not to celebrate too hard, lest they give themselves cardiac arrest.
Davíð O. Arnar, the chief of cardiac surgery at the national hospital, told RÚV that incidences of heart attacks can and do increase following heated football matches. As such, he has provided some guidelines for people to follow in order to watch the game without endangering their health:
1. Avoid eating a heavy meal just before or during the game; least of all fat-rich fast food.
2. Get a good night’s sleep the evening before.
3. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol before and during the game.
4. Avoid smoking a lot of cigarettes during the game.
5. Those taking cardiac medicine should make a point to remember to take it on a game day.
6. If you are watching the game outside, especially in warm weather, drink plenty of water regularly.
7. If you get too pumped during the game, do not hesitate to take a moment away from the game to calm down a bit.
If you have any doubt of the cardiac effects of watching football, observe this former sports anchor watch Iceland v. Austria while hooked up to an EKG:
In related news, Vísir reports that today’s weather will be very cooperative for those who choose to watch the match at Arnahóll, with mostly to partly sunny skies, warm temperatures and light winds throughout the day and early evening, although some light smattering of rain may appear towards the game’s conclusion.
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