Nose blowing and coffee drinking can contribute to risk of stroke
Scientists from the Netherlands have identified eight common activities that can increase the risk of an aneurysm burst within the brains of some individuals. The results of their research were published within the “Stroke” medical journal.
The study was performed with 250 University Medical Center patients in Utrecht, who participated over a period of three years in order to identify the risk factors that can lead blood pressure to rise for short periods and cause blood vessels to burst.
An aneurysm is a common occurrence where an artery is swollen. While they will typically not cause problems on their own, they can lead to a stroke if they burst.
This study’s purpose was to find out which activities cause the blood pressure to rise over the short-term and which would therefore increase the possibility that an aneurysm might burst.
According to the study, the leading causes of this occurrence were: exercising vigorously, blowing the nose, sex, straining to defecate, drinking caffeinated beverages (in this study, cola was named specifically), being startled, and getting angry.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Monique Vlak, a neurologist, said that “All of the triggers induce a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems a possible common cause for aneurysmal rupture.”
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