Will Sex Kill You? Scientists Probe Link Between Sexual Activity, Cardiac Arrest

14 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Sex rarely causes hearts to stop, research says

However, journal publisher American College of Cardiology said that the researchers did not have information on how often the victims had sex. Whether you are male or female, death in the saddle - or la mort d'amour as the French put it more delicately - is actually quite rare.

However, if it does happen after all, men are more at risk of suffering it.

Overall, sudden cardiac arrest during sex accounted for less than one percent of cases in the general population, yet these differed by gender, race and other risk factors.

The doctors behind the paper stressed the importance of public education on CPR "irrespective of circumstance", after their analysis found just one third of these cases saw resuscitation attempted despite their partner being present.

During intimacy died from cardiac arrest 30 people, 15 of them felt unwell after sex.

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.

Of those cases, 18 occurred during sex and 15 immediately after sex.


"I'm a little surprised at the really tiny number", said study senior researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "The risk is very small".

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is similar to a heart attack, but the terms are not interchangeable because the physiology behind them isn't the same.

The news is most welcome for patients with heart problems who aren't sure if sex could be risky, Chugh said.

Sex resulting in death after a heart attack is a highly unlikely scenario, scientists have deduced.

Recently the Network spread a myth that people with disorders of the heart can't do physical exertion, including sexual activity.

Of the cardiac patients playing sports or exercising at the time of their arrest, almost all (95 percent) were in the presence of bystanders at the time and 80 percent received CPR from bystanders before getting to the hospital.

"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.

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