Have You Increased Your Risk of a Brain Aneurysm Today?

We run into a number of warning labels in day-to-day life, but sometimes it’s the most routine activities that can have surprising – and deadly – consequences.

A new study has compiled a list of everyday actions that can temporarily raise your risk of rupturing a brain aneurysm and suffering a stroke.

Check them out here:

-Coffee consumption (increases risk by 10.6 percent)

-Vigorous physical exercise (7.9 percent)

-Nose blowing (5.4 percent)

-Sexual intercourse (4.3 percent)

-Straining to defecate (3.6 percent)

-Cola consumption (3.5 percent)

Being startled (2.7 percent)

-Being angry (1.3 percent)

How many of those “risky” activities have you done today?  No need to worry excessively – intracranial aneurysms (IAs) only affect an estimated 2 percent of the general population, and most never rupture.

The reason these activities increase the risk of an IA rupture, according to researchers, is that they all cause a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems to be a common cause for aneurysmal rupture.

The study was published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.