Sex Won't Stop Your Heart, Study Says

Sex Won't Stop Your Heart, Study Says

Sex Won't Stop Your Heart, Study Says

Heart patients have anxious that they might die suddenly from sex, but a new study suggests they probably won't.

Sexual activity is rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest, a life-threatening malfunction of the heart's electrical system causing the heart to suddenly stop beating, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. That means that sex is linked to only about one in a hundred cases of cardiac arrest in men. Most were taking heart medication at the time.

But of these more than half happened during sex.

The study, led by Dr. Aapo Aro, of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, may put some minds at ease about the risks of sex.

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

Of the total cohort who suffered SCAs in the 13-year study period, the authors found just 0.7 percent of the pool-34 patients-experienced SCAs related to sex.

Perhaps surprisingly, they were also younger - an average age of 60.3 years compared to an average age of 65.2 years for those whose sudden cardiac arrest wasn't linked to sex.

The Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study analyzed data on over 4,500 sudden cardiac arrests in the Portland, Oregon area from 2002 to 2015.

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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".

Just 10% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive.

"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.

Though all patients included in the study had their sudden cardiac arrest witnessed by another person, less than a third received CPR. In most cases they were middle-aged, African American and had a history of heart disease, according to the report.

"It's a good idea to be aware of CPR, know how to do CPR, and do CPR even if it's as awkward and hard a scenario as cardiac arrest during sexual activity", Chugh said.

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