Scientists: Sex can't cause cardiac arrest

Fewer than one in five men who suffer cardiac arrest during sex survive — because their partners do not know CPR

'Heart-stopping' sex is rare, but it does happen -- and mostly to men

According to the latest data available to the American Heart Association (AHA), in 2016, more than 350,000 people experienced a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, and, of these, only 12 percent survived. Most victims die. The medical condition is different from a heart attack, in which blood flow to the heart is cut off. People who have suffered heart attacks or have other heart problems are at increased risk of cardiac arrest.

"The findings are reassuring", for people with heart disease concerned that sex might be unsafe, said senior author Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

American scientists from the Institute for the study of the heart in Los Angeles, headed by Samit Chu said that sex can't cause cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is, more often than not, fatal, and it requires immediate specialized attention in order for the worst outcome to be prevented.

Recently the Network spread a myth that people with disorders of the heart can't do physical exertion, including sexual activity. She is director of the NYU Center for Women's Health and an AHA spokeswoman. Later the scientist asked that whether sex can be called risky for the heart patients and the answer come as to be on hold.

There's one silver lining for people who have a cardiac arrest from sex - they're nearly twice as likely to survive, Chugh said.

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".

"By now, there is recognition from a lot of research that if someone is around when you have your cardiac arrest and provides CPR while the ambulance is getting there, it can be potentially lifesaving", Chugh said. They have also found that in only one in three cases does the overexerted amore receive what cardiologists term "bystander CPR", but what everyone else would term "the very least a considerate lover could do". Their research experts presented at the conference society of cardiology in Anaheim USA.

The new study looked at 4,557 sudden cardiac arrests over several years in Portland, Ore., and found just 34 happened during sexual intercourse or in the hour afterward.

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