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UTHSC News: Study Led by Fellow Shows Heart Health Risks of “Die-Hard” Sports Fans


Miguel Maturana, MD, was introduced to the sports world when his father took him to a soccer game at an early age. Witnessing the emotions of his father and other spectators in the stadium sparked his curiosity of the emotional impact of athletics.

Dr. Maturana earned his medical degree from the University of Valparaíso, Chile, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Now, Dr. Maturana, is a chief cardiology fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UTHSC College of Medicine.

Dr. Maturana is the lead author, in collaboration with researchers in the UTHSC College of Medicine and Christian Brothers High School, of the research article, “Are Die-Hard Football or Other Sports Fans at Risk of Cardiovascular Events?” published in Current Problems in Cardiology. His research and knowledge in cardiovascular health was featured recently in the American Heart Association NewsU.S. News & World ReportHealth Day, and other media outlets.

“Relating one of the things I am very passionate about, which is soccer, with cardiology was very interesting. In Chile, there’s a very strong community of passionate fans of different sports, including soccer, which is very common,” he said.

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