Can you die from laughing?

Can you die from laughing?

There are several ways to die from laughing, including strangulated hernias, heart failure and strokes. (These are rare events and most require a preexisting condition.)

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Sigmund Freud theorized people laugh as a way to relieve tension about issues in our own lives. (1:12)

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    Fifteen facial muscles contract when we laugh. (2:15)

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    Those with heart or other health conditions may be at a higher risk of death following a strong burst of laughter. (3:16)

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