Men more at risk of rare heart attack after sex

Does Sex Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Only Rarely

Does Sex Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Only Rarely

"Over the years, we've had a fair bit of data on physical activity and how it's related to sudden cardiac arrest, but no one had looked specifically at sexual activity".

Research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017 contradicts a TV and movie myth that having sex is a common trigger for myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest happens when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating.

Sexual activity is rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest, but it's men who are most at risk, and often they are not revived by their partner.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre Heart Institute in California found that under 1% of fatal heart attacks were as a result of sex.

While doctors found men were more at risk than women, they found cardiac arrests during sex is a rarity. More than 4,500 cases since 2002 were examined as part of the study, and only 34 cases occurred during or within an hour of engaging in sex. This figure was equal to 0.7% of all cases, and therefore allows to say that sexy load are not the cause of the deaths.

New research has shown that people who have a heart attack during sex are more at risk of dying than at any other time.

Looking at the numbers, the researchers concluded that the overall risk of cardiac arrest being triggered by sexual activity was low, and even lower for women.

There's one silver lining for people who have a cardiac arrest from sex - they're nearly twice as likely to survive, Chugh said.

Almost 20 percent of the sex-related sudden cardiac arrest patients survived compared to just 12.9 percent of the non-sexual activity-related patients.

A senior author of the study tells that 10 percent or less then that had survived in case of cardiac arrest in the US.

Though all patients included in the study had their sudden cardiac arrest witnessed by another person, less than a third received CPR.

Dr Chugh said: "These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, irrespective of the circumstance".

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