Men more at risk of rare heart attack after sex

Men more at risk of rare heart attack after sex

"The findings are reassuring", for people with heart disease concerned that sex might be unsafe, said senior author Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

This differs from a heart attack, where blood flow to the heart is blocked.

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

The new study looked at 4,557 sudden cardiac arrests over several years in Portland, Ore., and found just 34 happened during sexual intercourse or in the hour afterward. Well, the study concludes that there are rare chances that cardiac arrest can trigger someone during sexual intercourse. All reported cases were based on emergency medical service reports containing detailed information regarding the cause of the cardiac arrest. "The risk is very small".

Research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017 contradicts a TV and movie myth that having sex is a common trigger for myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest. It usually causes death, if it's not treated within minutes. The vast majority were male and were more likely to be middle-aged, African-American and have a history of cardiovascular disease.

Those who experienced sexual activity related sudden cardiac arrest tended to be younger, with an average age of 60.3 years, compared to an average age of 65.2 years for those who had a sudden cardiac arrest that wasn't linked to sex.

A senior author of the study tells that 10 percent or less then that had survived in case of cardiac arrest in the US.

In an earlier article about sex and heart attack, a United States cardiologist puts the absolute risk of heart attack for a 50-year-old man who exercises regularly at one chance in a million per hour. It's possible, he said, that men have more underlying risks or that some took risky medications or supplements that did not show up in the study.

Almost 20 percent of the sex-related sudden cardiac arrest patients survived compared to just 12.9 percent of the non-sexual activity-related patients.

The doctors behind the paper stressed the importance of public education on CPR "irrespective of circumstance", after their analysis found just one third of these cases saw resuscitation attempted despite their partner being present.

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