How heart-stopping is sex, really?

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Engaging in sex is rarely a heart-stopping activity, according to a new study.

"For the last two decades we've been working on how to predict and prevent sudden cardiac arrest".

"The findings are reassuring", for people with heart disease concerned that sex might be risky, said senior author Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. Most victims die. The medical condition is different from a heart attack, in which blood flow to the heart is cut off. People who have suffered heart attacks or have other heart problems are at increased risk of cardiac arrest.

The study hence concludes that 1% of the cardiac arrest happens because of sex in men where the percentage is 0.1% in women.

Sex just isn't as strenuous as people believe.

The data, recorded from paramedic notes as part of a long-running study on sudden unexpected deaths found more than half of these happened (55 per cent) during sex, while the rest occurred within 15 minutes.


Recently the Network spread a myth that people with disorders of the heart can't do physical exertion, including sexual activity. "It's not that we are preoccupied by sex".

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. Even though all the cases of SCA the researchers included were brought on by partnered sex-meaning, they were all witnessed by someone-in only one-third of them did that partner attempt CPR.

African Americans comprised 7.8 percent of the sudden cardiac arrests in the study, but nearly 19 percent of the sexual activity-related cardiac arrests.

"Performing CPR by bystanders until the ambulance arrives translates to significantly better survival for cardiac arrest", report author Aapo Aro said. It will also be published simultaneously in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Only one-third of these SCA cases received bystander CPR.

For more about cardiac arrest, visit the American Heart Association.

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