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Secret Revealed: SEX and COFFEE KILLS!

 New Discovery: Coffee and Sex Are Killing Some People

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
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 

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 

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.

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