Can Sex Trigger Fatal Cardiac Arrest? Study Finds Risk Is 'Extremely Low'

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

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

Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Institute analyzed data from OR and discovered only 0.7 percent of those who died from sudden cardiac arrest had undergone sexual activity up to an hour earlier.

All reported cases were based on emergency medical service reports containing detailed information regarding the cause of the cardiac arrest. 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.

If you have a heart condition and are afraid that sex could trigger cardiac arrest, there's a reason to relax. "Now we can tell them the risk is very low".

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. That means that sex is linked to only about one in a hundred cases of cardiac arrest in men. They found just 34 cases linked to sexual activity. On average, these patients were more likely to be male, middle-aged, African-American and have a history of cardiovascular disease, with a majority taking cardiovascular medication.

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

Cardiac arrest results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the USA alone, the researchers say.

Only a third of those suffering from cardiac arrest from sex received potentially life-saving CPR-despite the likelihood that a partner was around to witness the arrest. Almost 20 percent of people survived in sex-related cases, compared to only about 13 percent survival odds for other patients.

The investigation additionally discovered CPR was performed in just a single third of the cases, regardless of them being seen by an accomplice.

"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.

This was slightly higher than the 27 per cent of non-sex triggered heart attacks, the difference was not statistically significant and those individuals might have died alone.

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