Cardiac arrests rare during and after sex, study says

13 November, 2017, 17:38 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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New research finds that sexual intercourse is only rarely tied to cardiac arrest, a condition that causes the heart to stop beating suddenly. Just two of the 34 cardiac arrest patients were female, the findings showed.

"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.

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

Sexual activity was associated in fewer than 1% of the cases.

Dr Sumeet Chugh, senior study author and associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute said: "Even though SCA during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, bystander CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases".

In an earlier article about sex and heart attack, a USA cardiologist puts the absolute risk of heart attack for a 50-year-old man who exercises regularly at one chance in a million per hour. Later the scientist asked that whether sex can be called unsafe for the heart patients and the answer come as to be on hold.

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. During this time 4.5 thousand people died from sudden cardiac arrest, which allowed the experts to determine the relationship of these cases with sex.

About 19 percent of the patients in sex-related cardiac arrest cases survived their ordeal, compared with an average survival rate of around 10 percent nationwide, he said.

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.

"By now, there is recognition from a lot of research that if someone is around when you have your cardiac arrest and provides CPR while the ambulance is getting there, it can be potentially lifesaving", Chugh said.

The study is scheduled to be presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

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