Will Sex Kill You? Scientists Probe Link Between Sexual Activity, Cardiac Arrest

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

Most of the victims of sex-induced heart stoppages were taking cardiovascular medications, an indication that these people had a history of heart problems - as opposed to dying during sex with no warning. A 2011 study by researchers at Harvard found that sex is easier than working out on a treadmill - and the heart rates of the men in the study rarely rose above 130 beats a minute.

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

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. Stay tuned with us for more recent health updates like this.

Survival often depends on how quickly patients receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or chest compressions, which can help restore circulation and maintain blood flow to vital organs.

Sex generally is safe for most heart patients, unless they are unable to maintain even low levels of activity or have symptoms that keep them from doing daily chores like making the bed or cleaning the house, the heart experts noted. According to the American Heart association, fewer than 10% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests survive.

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Goldberg suggested that "doctors really should be discussing this information with their patients to allay their fears they may have after a cardiac diagnosis, that most people return safely to having sexual activity".

Almost 20 percent of the sex-related hearts attack patients survived, compared to just 12.9 percent of those whose heart attacks weren't linked to sex.

Dr Chugh stated: "These discoveries feature the significance of proceeded with endeavors to instruct people in general on the significance of onlooker CPR for sudden heart failure, regardless of the condition". "You're pretty much guaranteed to have a witness if sexual activity is involved".

"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", Dr. Chugh said.

A research letter published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology said that only a very tiny number of heart attacks have something to do with sex.

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