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Men more likely than women to need CPR after sex

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Ben Pena | 13 November, 2017, 17:39

"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".

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating, due to faulty electrical signaling that affects heart rate. Of the nearly 5,000 sudden cardiac arrests identified by the scientists, 34 were linked to sexual activity.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre Heart Institute in California found that under 1% of fatal heart attacks were as a result of sex.

Just 34 cases occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse. Fear of post-sex heart failure has been bolstered by plot lines on TV shows like Mad Men, but in reality, "the risk is very small", senior author Dr. Sumeet Chugh tells NBC.

In an earlier article about sex and heart attack, a USA 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.

But overall, sex was linked to only 1 percent of all cardiac arrests that occurred in men.

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"Previously we would say the risk is probably low, but we don't know how low", Chugh noted.

The American Heart Association says sex is safe for most people with stabilized heart disease, but patients should talk to their doctors about individual risks.

Scientists have found that men are far more likely than women to suffer cardiac arrest during or after sex.

There were no significant differences in terms of cardiac disease history and medication across groups, although ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia were more common than other heart conditions. Well, the study concludes that there are rare chances that cardiac arrest can trigger someone during sexual intercourse. Bystanders performed chest compressions on 27 percent of the non sexual activity patients, while 32 percent of the patients who had a sudden cardiac arrest during or immediately after sex received CPR.

"These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for SCA, irrespective of the circumstance", Chugh said in a press release.

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