A recent study found that brain aneurysms can be caused by everyday things like sex, coffee, and even nose blowing. These are things most people do, so how high is the risk?
A brain aneurysm can eventually cause a hemorrhagic stroke. In addition to sex, nose blowing and coffee, a hot temper or physical exercise can trigger these devastating brain bleeds. An aneurysm starts with a weakened blood vessel that breaks when pressure rises. Looking at the triggers, it is easy to see that these would raise blood pressure.
Everything on the list of causes for a brain aneurysm has short but sudden increases in blood pressure associated with it. Does this mean that people should stop all these activities? Probably not, because life would be sad indeed to refrain from everything that might produce a short rise in blood pressure. However, it would be good to deal with anger issues, and cut down on or stop drinking coffee. About 2% of people have aneurysms, but most never even rupture. Do you know somebody who has one?