According to a recent study published in the journal Heart rhythm, video games can cause life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in vulnerable children whose tendency was previously unknown. The Australian Heart Centre for Children discovered an unusual yet unique pattern among children who lose consciousness while playing video games. The most common trigger in the 22 cases discovered was multiplayer war gaming. Some children died because of cardiac arrest. According to scientists, the syndrome is triggered by adrenaline, excitement, and emotional engagement.
The researchers suspected that the surge of adrenaline children experience from playing high-octane games triggers the latent underlying cardiac problem. According to the researchers, vulnerable children are most susceptible to cardiac events during moments of total emotional commitment, such as after a win or loss.