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Sneezing Causes Your Heart to Stop and Kills Brain Cells

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jade bryant

on 19 December 2013

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Transcript of Sneezing Causes Your Heart to Stop and Kills Brain Cells

When sneezing, the pressure in you body increases momentarily. This causes the blood flow to the heart to decrease. The heart then adjusts, changing the regular heart beat to make up for the lack of blood flow.
Myth Origin (part2)
As reported by Dr. Richard Koller, a sneeze does not kill brain cells. During a sneeze pressure in the skull increases slightly for a brief amount of time. The pressure increase is not great enough to kill brain cells. Since some types of strokes can increase the pressure in the brain and kill brain cells, people are worried that the increase in pressure in the skull during a sneeze can kill brain cells.
To conclude, there is some truth to this myth. Sneezing can potentially slow down or stop your heart briefly. However, sneezing does not kill brain cells.
Myth Origin
The term "Bless you", often said to someone who has just sneezed, may have originated in the medieval era. People believed that when you sneeze your heart stops beating for a moment, resulting in death, which is why you would need to be blessed. This belief has been carried on through the 21st century. Causing people to become concerned for those who sneeze multiple times.
Sneezing Causes Your Heart to Stop and Kills Brain Cells.
Rudic, Jacquelyn. "True or False: Your Heart Stops Beating When You Sneeze ( and Other Common Beliefs About Sneezing)." Beliefnet. July 2006. Web. 10 Nov. 2013
Messmer, John. "The Medical Minute:Medical Myths Part 2." Penn State News. 12 July 2006. Web. 10 Nov. 2013
Works Cited
According to Dr. David Rutlen, the heart could stop during a sneeze. Dr. Rutlen explains built up pressure in the chest, while sneezing, can cause a vagal reaction. The reaction has a connection to the vagus nerve which is part of the nervous system that controls the heart. This could cause the heart to pause for a moment but it is nothing to worry about.
"Does your heart stop for an instant when you sneeze?." Medical Myths. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.
It is believed that sneezing kills brain cells. The origin for why this is believed is unknown. However, this myth may have originated when people realized that pressure builds up in the skull during a sneeze. The pressure is thought to be strong enough to actually kill brain cells.
What Can Cause Your Heart to Stop?
What Can Cause You to Lose Brain Cells?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. Cardiac arrest can be caused when a group of cells, called the sinus node, malfunctions. The sinus node helps pump blood from your heart to the rest of your body. When something goes wrong with the sinus node it could cause your heart to beat slowly, speed up, or stop.
Mayo Clinic Staff. "Sudden Cardiac Arrest." Mayo Clinic. 15 November 2012. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Web. 17 December 2013

Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Increased Intracranial Pressure
Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP) can kill brain cells. ICP is when the pressure around your brain rises. It can be caused by an increase of cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain. If the pressure in the brain is not reduced it can cause permanent brain damage.
The reason for introducing what could possibly kill brain cells or stop your heart from beating is to give an idea of how people may try to connect sneezing with causing your heart to stop or killing brain cells.
Carey, Elea. "Increased Intracranial Pressure." Healthline. 4 September 2012. Healthline Networks.Web. 17 December 2013
What Happens When You Sneeze?
Before sneezing, one will usually take in a deep breath. The deep breath before the sneeze increases the pressure in your chest. It also prevents blood flow to the heart, which lowers blood pressure and increases the heart rate. When you exhale, your heart rate decreases as a result of your blood pressure increasing. One can see how it can be believed that the malfunction of the sinus node could be the reason for the decrease and increase of the heart rate.
O'Connor, Anahad. "Really? Your Heart Skips a Beat When You Sneeze." The New York Times. 13 August 2012. Web. 17 December 2013
Fact (Part 2)
What Happens When You Sneeze?
While sneezing, the pressure inside your skull increases. However, the pressure increase is so slight and only occurs momentarily that it cannot kill brain cells. Unlike Increased Intracranial Pressure, where the pressure is more intense and can cause damage to the brain.
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