Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Men more at risk of rare heart attack after sex claims Study
Fewer than one in five men who suffer cardiac arrest during sex survive — because their partners do not know CPR

14 November, 2017

The vast majority were male and were more likely to be middle-aged, African-American and have a history of cardiovascular disease. As the same situation is visualized in a number of dramatic series where an older man can get a heart attack during sex.

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

One in 100 cases of cardiac arrest in men was associated with sexual activity, compared with one in 1000 cases in women. "Now we have data and we can say to them the risk is very low".

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is when the heart suddenly stops beating; it usually occurs without warning.

Sexual activity is rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest, but it's men who are most at risk, and often they are not revived by their partner.

Cardiac patients anxious about the risks of sex to their health can feel comfortable being intimate: the chances of a heart attack from sexual activity are extremely small, according to the results of a new study.

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Scientists did find, however, that certain characteristics seemed to correspond with those who had a heart attack under these circumstances. This happened mostly because only one-third of those who collapsed during received CPR, which could have increased survival chances.

Goldberg suggested that "doctors really should be discussing this information with their patients to allay their fears they may have after a cardiac diagnosis, that most people return safely to having sexual activity".

Chugh and colleagues reported their findings at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Anaheim, California, and online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

About 19 percent of the patients in sex-related cardiac arrest cases survived their ordeal, compared with an average survival rate of around 10 percent nationwide, he said.

The study also found CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases, despite them being witnessed by a partner.

Dr Chugh stated: "These discoveries feature the significance of proceeded with endeavors to instruct people in general on the significance of onlooker CPR for sudden heart failure, regardless of the condition".

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