Fainting and irregular heartbeat can be linked to video game stress

Video games today can be incredibly life-like and intense. But for some kids with pre-existing cardiac conditions, the excitement and adrenaline can be too much for their bodies, particularly their hearts.

Syncope, or loss of consciousness, is when someone faints because their heart rate and blood pressure suddenly drop – usually because of physical or emotional intensity. Sometimes this can happen to someone at the sight of blood or if they’ve been standing in the heat for too long. Other times it can happen when playing a sport or if someone gets too excited or upset quickly.

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