Why ‘heart surgery punks’ are still here
A new study has revealed that people who watch a lot of heart surgery porn are still at high risk for heart disease.
In the study, published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Imperial College London analysed the number of heart surgeries performed in the United Kingdom over a decade between 2004 and 2014.
Researchers found that people in the UK who watched heart surgery clips from 2007 to 2013 had a 23 per cent chance of developing heart disease within 10 years, compared to people who watched the same clips in 2012 and 2013.
The results of the study showed that the number and rate of heart attacks and strokes are more common in people who regularly watch heart surgery scenes.
However, people who binge watch heart surgeries are not necessarily more at risk for these health problems.
“The majority of viewers in the study are men, and the average age of the people watching heart surgery is 55,” lead researcher Dr Paul Brumby told Business Insider.
“It is likely that people watch more heart surgery than they would have otherwise if they were not binge watching,” he said.
However the study found that watching heart surgeries regularly increased the risk of heart disease, and there was no evidence that the heart surgery films were associated with higher blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
“This is the first evidence that watching more heart surgeries is associated with heart disease risk,” Dr Brumbom said.
Dr Brumbrom added that he had hoped to replicate the study on a larger sample size to determine if there were any specific health benefits that the clips were associated to.
However this is not the first study to suggest that heart surgery videos could cause health problems, and Dr Brumsby said he did not believe that heart surgeons were being compensated for their heart surgery work.
“We don’t know if heart surgeons are compensated,” he told Business Insiders.
“The fact that we found that heart surgeries were associated not only with an increased risk of having a heart attack but also having a stroke, is something that people have been talking about for a long time.”
Dr Brumsbom added the researchers were not suggesting that the films are associated with high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity, but rather that they could increase the risk that people may have.
“If you are a heart surgeon and you see someone with a heart problem, it’s not a coincidence that they are going to get heart surgery,” he explained.
“They may have a heart condition, or they may have high blood pressure or diabetes.”
He added that the study did not include people who were binge watching the heart videos, but Dr Brummby said there was a possibility that people watching more than one heart surgery could be at higher risk.
“There is a chance that there may be an interaction with those people,” he added.
“For example, if you are watching the video for more than five hours, you could have a higher risk of being at risk of cardiovascular disease.”
He said the researchers did not know why people who had more heart attacks or strokes would be more likely to binge watch videos, although they did not have an explanation.
Dr Paul Brummbom is the author of the new study on heart surgery in the US and the co-author of the UK study.
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