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Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Sex not a risk factor for heart attack

Researched cite this as the reason that less than 20 per cent of patients who have a heart attack during sex survive.

Those suffering heart attacks related to sexual activity tended to be younger, with an average age of 60.3 years, compared to an average age of 65.2 years for those whose hearts attacks weren't linked to having sex.

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

The study also found CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases, despite them being witnessed by a partner.

Cardiac patients anxious about the risks of sex to their health can feel comfortable being intimate: the chances of a heart attack from sexual activity are extremely small, according to the results of a new study. "Now we can tell them the risk is very low".

During intimacy died from cardiac arrest 30 people, 15 of them felt unwell after sex. Only 34 cases occurred during or within an hour of engaging in sex.

Another study looked at 246 people who had heart attacks in various scenarios and found that those who did during sex fared particularly badly.

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. In most cases they were middle-aged, African American and had a history of heart disease, according to the report. Researchers also didn't report on what type of sexual encounters occurred, making it hard to determine how strenuous the activity may have been for patients.

The study is scheduled to be presented Sunday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. As such, 50 percent of the physically active patients survived, while only about 12 percent of the sexually active patients made it.

The doctors behind the paper also suggested people should be taught CPR so they could resuscitate their lovers.

When sex-related cases of cardiac arrest do occur, it's possible the patients might have had undiagnosed or untreated coronary artery disease, Menon, who wasn't involved in the study, said in a phone interview.

"Previously we would say the risk is probably low, but we don't know how low", Chugh noted.

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