Sex can rarely trigger Cardiac Arrest: Recent Report

Fewer than one in five men who suffer cardiac arrest during sex survive — because their partners do not know CPR

'Heart-stopping' sex is rare, but it does happen -- and mostly to men

Patients who experienced sudden cardiac arrest linked to sexual activity had higher rates of ventricular fibrillation - a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance - and tachycardia, a higher-than-normal heart rate.

But it can't give a more detailed risk analysis on how likely sex is to trigger a heart attack compared with resting or other activity without knowing how frequently these people were having sex. According to a study by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the odds of suffering cardiac arrest during or soon after sex are very low. "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".

He and other researchers wanted to know how sex affected the odds of cardiac arrest, a different problem that's more often fatal.

But new research on which a number of prestigious institutions - including Helsinki University Hospital in Finland and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA - collaborated has revealed that it is unlikely that cardiac arrest will occur during sexual intercourse. It's possible, he said, that men have more underlying risks or that some took risky medications or supplements that did not show up in the study. That equated to 1 per cent of all male cases and 0.1 per cent... 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.

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It results in around 100,000 deaths annually in the United Kingdom.

Researchers found that even though sexual partners were present during cardiac arrest, only one-third performed CPR, highlighting the importance of continued CPR education efforts "irrespective of the circumstance". The majority of cases were men who had a previous history of heart diseases.

The study also found CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases, despite them being witnessed by a partner. Well, the study concludes that there are rare chances that cardiac arrest can trigger someone during sexual intercourse.

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