Sex and coffee can trigger strokes
You could have an increased risk of having a brain haemorrhage or stroke if you drink coffee, blow your nose or have sex.
Researchers in the Netherlands have found that these three actions are all trigger factors that boost the chance of having a weakened blood vessel, otherwise known as an aneurysm, burst in the brain.
Drinking coffee was the most ‘dangerous’ action as it increased the risk by 10.6 per cent.
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Physical exercise heightened the chances by 7.9 per cent, blowing your nose by 5.4 per cent and engaging in sexual intercourse by 4.3 per cent.
Other risk factors included getting angry, cola consumption, being startled and straining on the toilet.
A study on 250 people identified the eight risk factors and found that they all increase blood pressure which could result in blood vessels bursting.
The research was carried out at the University Medical Centre in Utrecth in the Netherlands.
Lead researcher Monique Vlak says: “All of the triggers induce a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems a possible common cause for aneurysmal rupture.”
Bleeding in brain can cause brain damage or death and occurs when a weakened brain vessel, known as an aneurysm, bursts.
Dr Vlak said: “Reducing caffeine consumption or treating constipated patients with un-ruptured IAs with laxatives may lower the risk of subarachnoid haemorrhage.”
It is estimated that 2 per cent of the population suffer from intercranial aneurysms (IAs) and when they rupture they often do so without warning.
The Stroke Association, a UK-based stroke charity, says that it is now important to carry out research to see if the triggers actually cause the rupture.
Dr Sharlin Ahmed, from the Stroke Association, said: “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.”
Dr Ahmed added: “A lot more research needs to be carried out to assess whether each of the identified triggers could directly cause an aneurysm to rupture.”
The findings have been published in the journal ‘Stroke’.
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We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”