Cardiac arrests rare during and after sex, study says

Sex rarely causes hearts to stop, research says

Though almost 90 percent of those suffering cardiac arrest out of a hospital die, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of surviving, according the American Heart Association.

In fact, only 1 in 100 men and 1 in 1,000 women experience sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity, according to the recent data.

Engaging in sex is rarely a heart-stopping activity, according to a new study.

Sex is probably the most enjoyed type of physical activity among people, and some of them it might come with some risks. That's lower than the overall rate of CPR for those who suffer cardiac arrest out of a hospital, which is 46 percent.

It is known sex may trigger heart attacks.

Despite what's portrayed on television and in movies, SCA triggered by sexual activity is an uncommon plot twist in the real world, senior study author Sumeet Chugh, MD, said in a release from the American College of Cardiology.

The researchers rummaged through more than 4,5000 cardiac arrests recorded over a 13-year period in the Portland area and found only 34 were during or within an hour of having sex - and all of them aside from two were suffered by a man.

What is more, the patients were more likely to be male, middle-aged and African American.

The American Heart Association reports that more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the USA each year.

All of the patients in the study had their cardiac arrest witnessed by another person, but less than one third of them received CPR. Details of each case were laid out in the database, which collects specific information for each patient based on emergency medical service reports.

The study also showed that patients whose heart attacks were linked to sexual activity had higher rates of ventricular fibrillation - a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance - and tachycardia, a higher-than-normal heart rate. "The risk is very small".

There's one silver lining for people who have a cardiac arrest from sex - they're nearly twice as likely to survive, Chugh said.

"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.

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