Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?

Only one in three men are given emergency treatment by their lover scientists say

Only one in three men are given emergency treatment by their lover scientists say Getty Images

Sudden cardiac arrest is, more often than not, fatal, and it requires immediate specialized attention in order for the worst outcome to be prevented. In their research, they found that from 4,557 sudden cardiac arrest, around 34 was that which happens within an hour of sex, and 32 of them was men.

Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become so chaotic that the heart suddenly stops beating. Of the nearly 5,000 sudden cardiac arrests identified by the scientists, 34 were linked to sexual activity.

The findings, by a team from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, follow an older JAMA study that also shows sex is a relatively rare trigger of myocardial infarction or sudden death.

Scientists have found that men are far more likely than women to suffer cardiac arrest during or after sex. "The risk is very small". 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.

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Because of the poor outcome of cardiac arrest, many who consider themselves at risk may try to avoid certain activities, such as sex, believing that they render them more exposed.

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

According to the latest data available to the American Heart Association (AHA), in 2016, more than 350,000 people experienced a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, and, of these, only 12 percent survived.

There were no significant differences in terms of cardiac disease history and medication across groups, although ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia were more common than other heart conditions.

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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.

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

"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.

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