Have you ever heard the rumor that your heart stops or skips a beat when you sneeze? If you’ve ever had a really big “achoo,” then maybe it seemed like this could be true!
The answer is that your heart does not stop or skip a beat when you sneeze – there is no scientific basis for this old belief. (Phew!) Sometimes, the heart’s rate or rhythm will change in relation to a sneeze, but in no way at all does it “stop.”
Most likely, the idea that sneezing affects the heart comes from back before people had the medicine and science to know about what was really happening in the body during a sneeze. When people felt changes in their heart’s rhythm during a sneezing spell, they assumed it meant their heart had stopped! Today, we can sneeze without worry, knowing that our hearts will continue pump-pump-pumping away!! (Gesundheit!)