Competitive eater taken to hospital after eating world's hottest chilli pepper

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The first figure shows the man's brain after he staggered into the hospital emergency room; the second was taken five weeks later. "If they do develop these symptoms, they should seek medical attention".

But a CT angiogram of the brain's blood vessels did reveal something unusual: a substantial narrowing of the left internal carotid artery and four other blood vessels supplying the brain.

Thunderclap headaches are relatively rare, and likely only strike those with a genetic predisposition, Royal Melbourne Hospital neurologist Mark Parsons said.

The condition, which involves a temporary artery narrowing often accompanied by "thunderclap" headaches, can be caused by certain prescription medications or illegal drugs.

However, the man tested negative for those and had no significant medical history or conditions that could explain his reaction, according to study author Dr. Satish Boddhula of Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, and colleagues. "Usually, RCVS resolves on its own after days to weeks". They can lead to brain hemorrhage and even a stroke.

Though almost every cuisine in the world has incorporated spicy peppers in some form, they're not traditionally eaten whole and uncooked; that's a phenomena that seems to be associated exclusively with modern-day pyro-gourmaniacs (yes: that is, indeed, the word for spicy pepper eaters). It's thought that this is the first time it has been brought on by chilli peppers. "Then they grind it, including the stem, and that gets piped through the HPLC machine (High Powered Liquid Chromotography)", said Currie.

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They said it was plausible the Carolina Reaper was to blame for the headaches, pointing out that ingestion of cayenne pepper had been linked to the constriction of arteries in the heart, as well as heart attacks.

Eating the spiciest of the spicy is more popular than ever, in part thanks to videos of YouTubers eating chilis.

The Carolina Reaper is recorded by Guinness World Records as the hottest chilli pepper in the world. By comparison a Jalapeño pepper scores 2,500-5,000, while a Scotch Bonnet pepper is ‎100,000-400,000.

The pepper measures roughly 1.5 million on the Scoville Heat Scale - a measurement of the pungency, or spiciness, of chili peppers.

"We are not advising anything against the Carolina Reaper".

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