Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 14: Those anxious whether your heart health is strong enough for between-the-sheets sessions can now take a sigh of relief as according to a new study, heart-stopping sex is pretty uncommon.
The study was based on data from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study, a collection of emergency medical service reports that contain detailed information on the causes and factors of cardiac arrest.
While sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the United States, fewer than 1 percent were linked with sexual activity.
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. "Now we have data and we can say to them the risk is very low".
Are you afraid you might have such good sex that your heart just stops beating? Of those cardiac arrests, 32 were men.
There is another lesson though; survival rates after a heart attack are much higher where chest compressions and CPR are started while waiting for an ambulance.
In August it was revealed that a heart attack during sex is eight times more likely to kill men.
Cardiac arrest results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the USA alone, the researchers say.
Most of the cases were men with a history of heart disease.
Even though all the cases of SCA the researchers included were brought on by partnered sex-meaning they were all witnessed by someone-in only one-third of them did that partner attempt CPR.
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 experts claimed that despite the myth that sex might cause a heart attack, especially in older men, this is not the case.
The doctors behind the new research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, have stressed the importance of public education on CPR "irrespective of circumstance".
The investigation additionally discovered CPR was performed in just a single third of the cases, regardless of them being seen by an accomplice.
Under one percent of people studied experienced sudden cardiac arrest during (or immediately after) sexual activity, about 34 people out of the 4,500.
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