Can Sex Trigger Fatal Cardiac Arrest? Study Finds Risk Is 'Extremely Low'


During this time 4.5 thousand people died from sudden cardiac arrest, which allowed the experts to determine the relationship of these cases with sex. They found just 34 cases linked to sexual activity.

There's absolutely no need to worry about it, as a recent study discovered it rarely happens that a person should suffer a cardiac arrest during sex.

Your next romp with a paramour may blow your mind, but it's unlikely to stop your heart, according to research presented this weekend at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, California.

Cardiac arrest involves the abrupt loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills about 350,000 people every year in the United States.

The researchers examined data from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study database between 2002 and 2015. Patients who experienced SCA related to sexual activity also had a higher rate of ventricular fibrillation/tachycardia than those who did not.

Most of the victims of sex-induced heart stoppages were taking cardiovascular medications, an indication that these people had a history of heart problems - as opposed to dying during sex with no warning.

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Even though all the cases of SCA the researchers included were brought on by partnered sex-meaning they were all witnessed by someone-in only one-third of them did that partner attempt CPR.

The average age was 60.3 years for people who had a heart attack during sex, compared to 65.2 years for sudden cardiac arrest not linked to the activity.

When sex preceded cardiac arrest, survival odds tended to be a bit better. That's lower than the overall rate of CPR for those who suffer cardiac arrest out of a hospital, which is 46 percent.

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.

One in 100 cases of cardiac arrest in men was associated with sexual activity, compared with one in 1000 cases in women.

Of those cases, 18 occurred during sex and 15 immediately after sex. 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. As such, 50 percent of the physically active patients survived, while only about 12 percent of the sexually active patients made it.