Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 14: Those anxious whether your heart health is strong enough for between-the-sheets sessions can now take a sigh of relief as according to a new study, heart-stopping sex is pretty uncommon. Sudden cardiac death kills about 350,000 Americans each year. In an attempt to shed light on the extent that sexual activity is a factor in triggering SCA, researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute analyzed a database detailing instances of SCAs that occurred over a 13-year timeframe between 2002 - 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

Patients who had sex before they went into cardiac arrest tended to be about 60 years old on average, compared to around 65 for the patients who were doing other things when their heart stopped beating. "Now we have data and we can say to them the risk is very low".

Research has found men are far more likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest and keel over during or after sex than women.

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

The researchers then identified which cases were connected to sex, which they classified as an event that occurred within an hour of the sex itself.

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Some potential sexual partners might promise heart-stopping sex if you slip between the sheets with them, but a new study shows that's probably not going to happen.

Even though sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, bystander CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases. The researchers determined that the low bystander CPR rate accounted for the less than 20 percent of patients who survived to hospital discharge.

In fact, the team discovered that only 0.7 of all sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cases were related to sexual activity. The patients who did were more likely to be male, middle-aged, black and have a history of cardiovascular disease, according to the ACC. This happened mostly because only one-third of those who collapsed during received CPR, which could have increased survival chances.

Together, researchers suggest that CPR training is clearly warranted, but the worry that friskiness can halt a heart is not.

The doctors behind the new research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, have stressed the importance of public education on CPR "irrespective of circumstance".

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