Can Intercourse Set Off Cardiac Arrest?

Can having intercourse trigger your coronary heart to instantly cease beating? A brand new examine means that, though this will occur, it is very uncommon.

Within the examine, researchers analyzed info from greater than four,500 individuals who skilled sudden cardiac arrest, a situation wherein the center abruptly stops beating as a result of issues with the center’s electrical exercise.

Amongst these circumstances, lower than 1 p.c of cardiac arrests occurred throughout or instantly after sexual exercise, the examine discovered.

The examine is the primary to look at sexual exercise as a possible set off for sudden cardiac arrest among the many common inhabitants, the researchers stated. The findings have been offered as we speak (Nov. 12) on the American Coronary heart Affiliation’s Scientific Periods assembly in Anaheim, California, and are revealed within the Journal of the American School of Cardiology. [Top 10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart]

“Whereas sudden cardiac arrest is a devastating situation with a excessive likelihood of demise, the probability of this occurring throughout sexual exercise … was extraordinarily low,” stated Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Coronary heart Rhythm Heart on the Cedars-Sinai Coronary heart Institute in Los Angeles and senior writer of the examine.

“This can be a reassurance that may now be supplied to coronary heart illness sufferers, and can be based mostly on precise information,” Chugh informed Stay Science.

Within the uncommon cases wherein intercourse was linked with cardiac arrest, nearly the entire circumstances — 94 p.c — have been in males, the examine discovered: Amongst males, about 1 in 100 circumstances of cardiac arrest have been linked with intercourse, in contrast with simply 1 in 1,000 circumstances amongst ladies.

Individuals who skilled a sudden cardiac arrest throughout intercourse tended to be barely youthful, round 60 years outdated on common, than those that had a sudden cardiac arrest at different instances, who have been round 65 years outdated on common.

However those that had a sudden cardiac arrest throughout intercourse have been simply as prone to have a coronary heart situation or be on coronary heart remedy as those that had a sudden cardiac arrest at different instances.

The examine additionally discovered that, regardless that sudden cardiac arrest linked with sexual exercise was often witnessed by the individual’s companion, bystander CPR was carried out in solely one-third of circumstances. (Bystander CPR is CPR that’s carried out by a witness till an ambulance reveals up.) These findings spotlight the necessity to educate the general public in regards to the significance of CPR for sudden-cardiac-arrest sufferers, the researchers stated.

“A number of analysis research have proven that CPR carried out by bystanders … can enhance the possibilities of survival from cardiac arrest,” Chugh stated. “It stands to purpose that if CPR is realized [and] carried out by all sexual companions, there’s a good chance of enhancing survival.”

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