Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Sex triggered one in 100 fatal heart attacks in men, finds analysis

Sex triggered one in 100 fatal heart attacks in men, finds analysis

Many men with heart disease fear that having sex could kill them, but new research shows the danger is slight.

It is known that sexual activity may trigger non-fatal cardiac events such as myocardial infarction, but researchers in this study sought to determine if sexual activity is a potential trigger for SCA in the general population.

Scientists stated: "The majority of cases were men with a previous history of cardiovascular disease".

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

In total, the scientists identified 4,557 SCAs in Portland during the 13-year study period.

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The study hence concludes that 1% of the cardiac arrest happens because of sex in men where the percentage is 0.1% in women. Too much effort is usually bad for the heart, and some might be afraid they might suffer a cardiac arrest right in the middle of the enjoyable activity. 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.

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Put another way, less than 1 percent of the deaths from sudden cardiac arrest were related to sex.

The researchers noted that sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 300,000 people in the USA every year and physical activity, particularly when the person is not accustomed to it, is linked to a higher risk of the condition. However, a closer look at the study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association revealed another far more reassuring statistic.

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. But it again highlights the need to educate the public about the importance of CPR for sudden cardiac arrest-which is when an electrical glitch in the heart causes it to stop beating. Though almost 90 percent of those suffering cardiac arrest out of a hospital die, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of surviving, according the American Heart Association.

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