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"Intense Gaming Can Trigger Irregular Heartbeat, Fainting in Some Players" - Dennis Thompson

  • Health Day
  • New York, NY
  • (September 18, 2019)

Video games that guarantee heart-stopping action might come dangerously close to fulfilling that promise in some players. A handful of video gamers have passed out when intense sessions caused their heartbeat to lapse into an irregular rhythm known as an arrhythmia, researchers report. “These cases show that video games can produce the same sort of adrenaline rush that can cause athletes and people under extreme duress to die when their hearts stop,” said Ranjit Suri, MD, FACC, FHRS, clinical professor of medicine an cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He added, “You hear it said that he got so angry he died suddenly, he got so frightened he died suddenly. It's in the same league. It's just that now we recognize gaming can produce that kind of rush."

— Ranjit Suri, MD, FACC, FHRS, Clinical Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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