Sex rarely causes hearts to stop, finds new research

Sex rarely causes hearts to stop, finds new research

Sex rarely causes hearts to stop, finds new research

Research led by Dr. Sumeet Chugh, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, showed that after reviewing more than 300,000 cardiac deaths each year in the USA, less than 1 percent were linked with having sex. Of those, 32 were in men.

The study hence concludes that 1% of the cardiac arrest happens because of sex in men where the percentage is 0.1% in women.

Chugh said sexual activity as a sudden cardiac arrest trigger was studied primarily because it hadn't been looked at previously. The researchers determined that the low bystander CPR rate accounted for the less than 20 percent of patients who survived to hospital discharge. And that overall stat includes many cases where no bystanders are around during an arrest to give CPR. They also highlight the need to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, irrespective of the circumstances, researchers said. Just two of the 34 cardiac arrest patients were female, the findings showed. In the first few minutes, the greatest concern is that blood flow to the brain will be reduced so drastically that a person will lose consciousness.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from 4,500 people who experienced sudden cardiac arrest, or the condition where the heart stops abruptly. The doctors behind the paper also suggested people should be taught CPR so they could resuscitate their lovers.

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Dr Chugh and his associates in California inspected healing center records on instances of heart failure in grown-ups in the vicinity of 2002 and 2015 in Portland, Oregon. They found just 34 cases linked to sexual activity. This happened mostly because only one-third of those who collapsed during received CPR, which could have increased survival chances.

These included already having a history of heart problems, and taking cardiovascular medication at the time of the incident.

The study wasn't a controlled experiment created to prove whether or how sex might contribute to the odds of experiencing or surviving sudden cardiac arrest.

Sex generally is safe for most heart patients, unless they are unable to maintain even low levels of activity or have symptoms that keep them from doing daily chores like making the bed or cleaning the house, the heart experts noted.

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