Sex can rarely trigger Cardiac Arrest: Recent Report

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Some potential sexual partners might promise heart-stopping sex if you slip between the sheets with them, but a new study shows that's probably not going to happen.

According to the recent research done by American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017, on Sunday, it was founded that sex can rarely trigger cardiac arrest.

The majority of people who had a heart attack during sex also had a history of other heart conditions, including higher rates of ventricular fibrillation - a serious irregular heartbeat - and tachycardia, a faster-than-normal heart rate.

In August, researchers in France also reported that cardiac arrests from sexual intercourse appeared to be rare-but when it did happen, people were unlikely to get CPR.

The new findings are part of a 16-year study of heart risk factors involving about a million people living in and around Portland.

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

The study, led by Dr. Aapo Aro, of Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, may put some minds at ease about the risks of sex. As the same situation is visualized in a number of dramatic series where an older man can get a heart attack during sex.

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

What is a Heart Attack?

The researchers noted that sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 300,000 people in the US every year and physical activity, particularly when the person is not accustomed to it, is linked to a higher risk of the condition.

About one in 1,000 women will experience sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity and compared to one in 100 for men.

The average age was 60.3 years for people who had a heart attack during sex, compared to 65.2 years for sudden cardiac arrest not linked to the activity.

Only a third of those suffering from cardiac arrest from sex received potentially life-saving CPR-despite the likelihood that a partner was around to witness the arrest. 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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