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Roller Coaster Rides Dangerous for Heart Patients

separator If you’ve had a heart attack, have heart disease or if you have an irregular heart rhythm, it’s a good idea to avoid roller coaster rides. A study in Germany showed that after a ride on a German roller coaster called Expedition GeForce, about half the participants had abnormal heartbeats even though their heart rates had returned to normal.

The participants had been screened for heart disease before the experiment, and study researchers monitored their heart rates throughout the ride. Heart rates rose most at the beginning of the ride due to stress and fear. The G force of the ride itself did not seem to be the cause of the increase.

The researchers also point out that the magnetic brakes on roller coasters could interfere with the functioning of pacemakers.

Presentations at the American Heart Association’s 2005 Annual Meeting.
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