Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

The bad news is that if you do suffer cardiac arrest from an amorous encounter, there's a decent chance your partner will just let you croak. Of those, 32 were in men. For women, the rate is around one in a thousand.

Even though sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases. That's lower than the overall rate of CPR for those who suffer cardiac arrest out of a hospital, which is 46 percent.

What was perhaps most shocking to the researchers, though, was the lack of bystander support in these cases.

"People will ask their doctors if sex increases their risk of sudden death, and we've never had the answer before because there never was a study", senior study author Dr. Sumeet Chugh, said a statement from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

"These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for SCA, irrespective of the circumstance", Chugh said in a press release.

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is vital during a cardiac arrest. In the first few minutes, the greatest concern is that blood flow to the brain will be reduced so drastically that a person will lose consciousness.

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

What might prove more useful for people to concern themselves with is whether they and the people closest to them know how to perform CPR.

The researchers examined data from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study database between 2002 and 2015.

Those who experienced sexual activity related sudden cardiac arrest tended to be younger, with an average age of 60.3 years, compared to an average age of 65.2 years for those who had a sudden cardiac arrest that wasn't linked to sex.

Only one-third of these SCA cases received bystander CPR. Most were taking heart medication at the time. From all the participants to the study, only 12 percent survived. As the same situation is visualized in a number of dramatic series where an older man can get a heart attack during sex.

One in every hundred fatal heart attacks in men was triggered by sex, according to a new paper exploring the impact of sexual exertion on cardiac arrest.

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