Sex can rarely trigger Cardiac Arrest: Recent Report

Sex can rarely trigger Cardiac Arrest: Recent Report

Sex can rarely trigger Cardiac Arrest: Recent Report

Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Institute analyzed data from OR and discovered only 0.7 percent of those who died from sudden cardiac arrest had undergone sexual activity up to an hour earlier.

"I'm a little surprised at the really tiny number", said study senior researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

To determine whether sexual activity might trigger sudden cardiac arrest, researchers examined records on 4,557 cases of cardiac arrest in adults between 2002 and 2015 in a community in the northwestern United States.

The new findings are part of a 16-year study of heart risk factors involving about a million people living in and around Portland. "Over the years, we've had a fair bit of data on physical activity and how it's related to sudden cardiac arrest, but no one had looked specifically at sexual activity".

It is known sex may trigger heart attacks.

Anxious whether your heart health is strong enough for sex? "Now we can tell them the risk is very low".

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

Even though sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, bystander CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases.

"Performing CPR by bystanders until the ambulance arrives translates to significantly better survival for cardiac arrest", report author Aapo Aro said. 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.

Of the total cohort who suffered SCAs in the 13-year study period, the authors found just 0.7 percent of the pool-34 patients-experienced SCAs related to sex.

However, journal publisher American College of Cardiology said that the researchers did not have information on how often the victims had sex.

It also found that sudden fatal heart attacks among people with a pre-existing heart condition were not significantly more likely to be triggered by sex. But it again highlights the need to educate the public about the importance of CPR for sudden cardiac arrest-which is when an electrical glitch in the heart causes it to stop beating.

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