Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Although it's a staple trope in film and television, a new study suggests that having a serious heart attack is actually highly unlikely to happen during or just after sex.

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.

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

Just 34 cases occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse.

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

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

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Sex is a "recognised trigger" for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which causes 300,000 deaths a year in the United States, but the overall rates are low, the report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says. 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.

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Survival often depends on how quickly patients receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or chest compressions, which can help restore circulation and maintain blood flow to vital organs. The researchers and their teams talk to the patient who gets a heart attack and also from the relatives of some who's closed one gets died due to cardiac arrest.

Almost 20 percent of the sex-related hearts attack patients survived, compared to just 12.9 percent of those whose heart attacks weren't linked to sex. Roughly 32 percent of patients who had sex-related cardiac arrests received CPR, compared with 27 percent of the other cases.

The study found that only one in three people who had heart attack during sex received any CPR from their partner. They also highlight the need to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, irrespective of the circumstances, researchers said.

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