The dangers of Angry Sex…and coffee & nose blowing.

Via Roger Wolsey
on May 6, 2011
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Sex, coffee and nose blowing can “trigger a stroke,” researchers say.

Coffee, sex, blowing your nose and getting mad are everyday triggers that can raise your risk of a type of stroke by causing blood vessels to burst, say researchers in the Netherlands.

A study conducted on 250 patients for three years looked at the potential triggers that can increase blood pressure, leading to a rupture in the brain if you have an untreated cerebral aneurysm and potentially causing brain damage or death.

Researchers at the University Medical Center in Utrecht found eight everyday risk factors that raise blood pressure and are linked to bleeding on the brain, according to the study published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Coffee was responsible for 10.6 percent of burst brain aneurysms, according to the study. Vigorous exercise was linked to 7.9 percent of burst aneurysms, nose blowing to 5.4 percent and sex to 4.3 percent of cases in the patients that were studied.

Other risk factors included straining to defecate, drinking cola, being startled and being angry.

“All of the triggers induce a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems a possible common cause for aneurysmal rupture,” said Dr. Monique Vlak, the study’s lead author, according to the BBC.

“Reducing caffeine consumption or treating constipated patients with unruptured intracranial (brain) aneurysms with laxatives may lower the risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage,” Vlak said.

However, the study only looked at triggers for the burst aneurysms. General risk factors that lead to weakened blood vessels in the first place include smoking, being overweight and lack of exercise.

The U.S. Brain Aneurysm Foundation estimates that of 40 percent of the 27,000 Americans a year who suffer a ruptured cerebral aneurysm die, and most of those who survive are left with permanent brain damage, CBS reports.

Identifying potential triggers could be helpful to the small percentage (about 2 percent) of people with an untreated brain aneurysm. However, the general population shouldn’t worry about drinking a coffee. According to researchers, it would be more beneficial for the average person to stop smoking, lose weight and exercise.


So in short…if you’re mad at your partner during sex and coffee, don’t blow your nose! You’ll die on the spot.

…for those seeking to address any stress and anger issues you may be having in your life, I highly recommend this article:

Grab a hold or let it ride – what yoga and positive psychology teach us about finding flow

Wolsey is the author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity


About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


4 Responses to “The dangers of Angry Sex…and coffee & nose blowing.”

  1. Dace says:

    Not knowing how to be angry is in general dangerous, both to self and other people.
    Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry. ~Lyman Abbott

  2. yoga-adan says:

    at least we know sex is safer than blowing your nose 😉

    appreciate the link to article re handling one's stress and/or anger, thank you much!

  3. ruth says:

    roger, i know it is your living so it is hard to get away from it, but please continue on your search to God/truth/nature by adding real meditation as the buddists do it jesus only takes you so far and you get lost in the shuffle get deepr–if your way worked, your marriage would have

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