Medicine

Men more at risk of rare heart attack after sex

Men more at risk of rare heart attack after sex

Scientists say the key to surviving is calling the emergency services immediately and starting treatment. Of those, only 17 cases were linked to sexual intercourse and 229 linked to non-sexual activity, including playing sports or doing moderate exercise. Most of the incidents - around 94 percent - occurred in men around 60 years old on average, according to the study presented during the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting California on November 12.

Sumeet Chugh, of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said his study is the first to evaluate sexual activity as a potential trigger of cardiac arrest.

The figures were for sudden cardiac arrest, as opposed to a myocardial infarction, which is what is better known as a heart attack.

The chances of experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) after sex are slim, but in those rare cases mortality rates are high, reports a study presented this week at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions symposium. "Now we can tell them the risk is very low".

Just 34 out of the 4,557 heart failures inspected happened amid or inside one hour of sex and 32 of those influenced were men.

Overall, 94 percent of the people who went into cardiac arrest during sex were men, according to the research. By far most were male and will probably be moderately aged, African-American and have a past filled with cardiovascular ailment.

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Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is similar to a heart attack, but the terms are not interchangeable because the physiology behind them isn't the same.

Cardiac arrest results in more than 300,000 deaths each year in the US alone, the researchers say.

Almost 20 percent of the sex-related hearts attack patients survived, compared to just 12.9 percent of those whose heart attacks weren't linked to sex.

The safety of sex comes up from time to time with patients who've suffered a heart attack or have been diagnosed with a heart problem, Goldberg and Gulati said.

"These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for SCA, irrespective of the circumstance", Chugh said in a press release.

Together, researchers suggest that CPR training is clearly warranted, but the worry that friskiness can halt a heart is not.


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