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How heart-stopping is sex, really?

How heart-stopping is sex, really?

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute reported that only 34 out of 4,557 sudden cardiac arrests reported between 2002 and 2015 in Portland, Ore., occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse. "The researchers also noted that some cases of SCA after sexual activity may also involve medications, stimulants and alcohol use".

In any case, sex is an uncommon trigger for sudden heart failure.

African Americans comprised 7.8 percent of the heart attacks in the study, but nearly 19 percent of the sexual activity-related cardiac arrests.

A research letter published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology said that only a very tiny number of heart attacks have something to do with sex. This figure was equal to 0.7% of all cases, and therefore allows to say that sexy load are not the cause of the deaths.

Cardiac arrest results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the USA alone, the researchers say. In the study, researchers take a look at the data of around 5,000 to 10,000 people and only five or six of them have a cardiac arrest. Such observations are a bit odd, since the cardiac arrest didn't occur when they were alone. The majority of cases were men with a previous history of cardiovascular disease.

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.

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What is a Heart Attack?

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.

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

What is more, less than half those who have a heart attack during sex are likely to get CPR or any other first aid.

The study wasn't a controlled experiment created to prove whether or how sex might contribute to the odds of experiencing or surviving sudden cardiac arrest.

Generally, older adults who are healthy enough for sex also probably have healthy blood vessels, said Dr. Venu Menon, a director of the cardiac intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "What it does say is that if you are sexually active you should be conscious of your health and if you have any shortness of breath or chest pain you should see a doctor".


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