Sex rarely makes heart stop, study shows

Only one in three men are given emergency treatment by their lover scientists say

Only one in three men are given emergency treatment by their lover scientists say Getty Images

As the same situation is visualized in a number of dramatic series where an older man can get a heart attack during sex.

A new study may lay your fears to rest: The risk that sex would trigger a sudden cardiac arrest is exceedingly small.

"Sexual activity is just one variable in the whole big picture" of cardiac risks, but one that hasn't been studied in depth, Chugh added. Too much effort is usually bad for the heart, and some might be afraid they might suffer a cardiac arrest right in the middle of the enjoyable activity.

It is known that sexual activity may trigger non-fatal cardiac events such as myocardial infarction, but researchers in this study sought to determine if sexual activity is a potential trigger for SCA in the general population.

Other heart experts said they weren't surprised by the results.

That's about equivalent to walking up two flights of stairs. "It's not that we are preoccupied by sex".

This varies from a heart assault, where blood stream to the heart is blocked. Bystanders performed chest compressions on 27 percent of the non-sexual activity patients, while 32 percent of the patients who had heart attacks during or right after sex received CPR.

All of the patients in the study had their cardiac arrest witnessed by another person, but less than one third of them received CPR.

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".

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.

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".

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. It will also be published simultaneously in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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