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Can you actually die of continued laughter (maybe by some arrhythmia?)?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Although there are many anecdotal instances of death after many minutes of continued laughter i think you are safe to enjoy a good laugh (as they say.
.. It is the best medicine). A possible mechanism is heart failure after many minutes of sustained laughing and extremely fast heart rates possibly in the setting of a weak heart or predisposition to having an arrhythmia. Check with your doctor.

In brief: Unlikely

Although there are many anecdotal instances of death after many minutes of continued laughter i think you are safe to enjoy a good laugh (as they say.
.. It is the best medicine). A possible mechanism is heart failure after many minutes of sustained laughing and extremely fast heart rates possibly in the setting of a weak heart or predisposition to having an arrhythmia. Check with your doctor.
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Laughter, by itself, cannot cause arrhythmias.
Arrhythmias, or sudden death, would have to be caused by underlying heart or lung disease of a serious nature.

In brief: No

Laughter, by itself, cannot cause arrhythmias.
Arrhythmias, or sudden death, would have to be caused by underlying heart or lung disease of a serious nature.
Dr. Michael Zevitz
Dr. Michael Zevitz
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