Secret Revealed: SEX and COFFEE KILLS!
New Discovery: Coffee and Sex Are Killing Some People www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/05/stroke-risk_n_858221.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42963765/ns/health-health_care/ Having sex, drinking coffee and working out -- these everyday activities can cause blood pressure to spike, causing a burst aneurysm in the brain of certain vulnerable people... About 2 percent of the population is believed to have an aneurysm, a weak spot in the artery wall which is a balloon shaped swelling in a brain artery. Usually Aneurysms are too small to cause problems, but if they grow large they can burst and cause a stroke, permanent brain damage or death. Although the risk of rupture is small, some brief every day activities that raise blood pressure and can temporarily boost the risk, according to a study, which appears in the journal, "Stroke." The risk appears to nearly double in the hour after drinking a cup of coffee, researchers found. "We investigated those factors that were known to cause a short-lasting sudden increase in blood pressure," says the lead author of the study, Monique Vlak, M.D., a neurologist at the University Medical Center, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. "Other researchers have already described that sexual activity or physical exercise are often reported by patients to precede rupture, but these potential risk factors were never quantified." Dr. Vlak and her colleagues interviewed 250 patients who had survived a rupture. They were asked if they had been exposed to any of the 30 potential triggers in the past year, the frequency, and if any such exposures had taken place immediately before their rupture. Coffee and vigorous sex were the most common triggers, followed by nose blowing, straining to defecate, drinking cola, being startled, and anger. Coffee was linked to nearly 11 percent of the ruptures in the study participants, and vigorous exercise to roughly 8 percent. The remaining risk factors each accounted for approximately 5 percent or less of the ruptures. "This doesn't mean that people with aneurysms need to quit drinking coffee," says Stanley Barnwell, M.D., a neurosurgeon and stroke specialist at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland. Aneurysms are most common after age 40. High blood pressure, genes, smoking and drug abuse are among the many factors that are believed to contribute to their development. They can also be caused by head injuries and infections. Most small aneurysms experienced by people usually go undetected because they don't have symptoms. These cases are usually discovered by chance --such as a brain scan following a head injury, for example -- and regular check-ups to monitor the aneurysm's growth are generally all that's needed. Dr. Neil Martin, M.D., the co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center, who was not involved in the study remarked that; "People with larger aneurysms tend to undergo surgery or another treatment within one to three weeks of their diagnosis, so there's no real need for them to give up coffee or make other lifestyle changes," Dr. Martin says, "Some people aren't healthy enough for surgery and must live with the risk of rupture. These patients should quit smoking and lower their blood pressure, and it might also be advisable for them to quit drinking coffee and take a stool softener if needed, as the study authors suggest." "We don't tell patients to stop having sex or having bowel movements or exercising," he says. Even though there usually isn't any warning prior to a brain aneurysm burst, Experts found some unique factors, such as having sex, drinking coffee or simply blowing your nose can spark a brain aneurysm. Ale Algra, a clinical epidemiologist at the Utrecht Stroke Centre and the Julius Centre for Health and Primary Care in Utrecht, the Netherlands stated, "One of the major reasons we did this study was to understand better why some aneurysms burst and others don't. "We wanted to know if there were specific triggers behind these events." In order to identify the possible activities that can prompt blood vessels to burst in the brain, the team of researchers interviewed 250 patients who had survived one of these dangerous brain attacks. For the purpose of the study, the investigators asked the participants about 30 potential activities like smoking, drinking or having sex, that they had engaged in shortly before the hemorrhage occurred as well as the frequency of these trigger activities. 8 triggers identified After a thorough analysis of the frequency and intensity of the patient’s exposure to the known triggers, the researchers identified eight risk factors linked to a ruptured aneurysm. It was noted that odds of suffering a brain bleed after coffee consumption was 10.6 percent, vigorous physical exercise 7.9 percent, blowing the nose 5.4 percent and whilst engaged in sex, was 4.3 percent. The study also found straining to defecate enhanced the danger of rupture by 3.6 percent, consumption of cola by 3.5 percent, while being startled elevated the risk by 2.7 percent. Lastly, the researchers found that anger enhanced the risk of rupture by 1.3 percent in someone who already has an aneurysm. According to experts, all the triggers increase pressure in the chest and can cause a fluctuation in blood pressure, conceivably leading to a popped aneurysm. Pass it on: Drinking coffee, having sex and blowing your nose increases the risk of aneurysm rupture, if you have a brain aneurysm. A ruptured aneurysm could lead to a stroke. Dr Sharlin Ahmed, Research Liaison Officer at The Stroke Association said, “The rupture of a brain aneurysm is incredibly dangerous. It is often sudden, without warning and it can cause bleeding in the brain, known as a haemorrhagic stroke. “A sudden surge in high blood pressure can increase the likelihood of an aneurysm rupturing. However, it’s very difficult to determine whether the triggers identified in this study are definitely related to the onset of a stroke as they could simply be put down to coincidence. “A lot more research needs to be carried out to assess whether each of the identified triggers could directly cause an aneurysm to rupture.” Findings of the study are published in the journal 'Stroke.' What is a brain aneurysm? An aneurysm occurs at a weak point in the wall of a blood vessel (artery [a blood vessel that carries oxygenated blood away from the heart to the body.] ) that supplies blood to the brain. Because of the flaw, the artery wall bulges outward and fills with blood. This bulge is called an aneurysm. They aren’t always life-threatening, but serious consequences can result if one bursts and spills blood into the surrounding tissue of the brain. This is called a hemorrhagic (or bleeding) stroke. A ruptured cerebral aneurysm can cause permanent brain damage, disability, or death.