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Can blogging give you a heart attack?

a href=”http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=11713″Blogging can be hazardous/a to your health according to a a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/technology/06sweat.htmlOQ=_rQ3D1OP=1212200dQ2F2N4X2Q26lAi6llTD2D77R27Q7D27I2T4A_Q7ElflYy27IiN4gTQ2F_Tjf”span style=”font-style:italic;”NYT’s/span article/a (registration necessary) entitled, “In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop” (Hat tip: a href=”http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=11713″Protein Wisdom/a): br /br /blockquoteTwo weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.br /br /Other bloggers complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet….br /br /The pressure even gets to those who work for themselves — and are being well-compensated for it.br /br /“I haven’t died yet,” said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen.”/blockquotebr /br /Funny, I had a heart attack span style=”font-style:italic;”before/span I started blogging. Now I am fine. Coincidence? I think not. a href=”http://michellemalkin.com/2008/04/05/blogging-yourself-to-death/”Some bloggers actually/a see their craft as therapeutic. Perhaps it depends on your mindset. And as a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2005/12/excuse-me-while-i-go-throw-up.html”I have said before,/a I think many people who blog don’t feel well to begin with. If they did, they might be out doing less sedentary things. So, some, though not all, may come to the keyboard already with health problems.br /br /span style=”font-weight:bold;”Update:/span Ann Althouse a href=”http://althouse.blogspot.com/2008/04/is-blogging-so-stressful-that-it-should.html”has more thoughts/a on whether or not blogging is a “young man’s game.”