‘Serious risk’: Electronic games could precipitate potentially deadly heart arrhythmias


“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 recognise gaming can produce that kind of rush.”

For the latest meta-analysis, researchers set out to identify cases of children who lost consciousness while playing video games, and 22 were found.

Researchers noted that war gaming was the most frequent trigger, causing some children to die following cardiac arrest.

In some cases, children were subsequently diagnosed with several heart rhythm conditions, putting them at continuing risk of complications.


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