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Sudden Cardiac Arrest During Sex Unlikely

Sudden Cardiac Arrest During Sex Unlikely Could a person suffer sudden cardiac arrest by having sex? Scientists say it’s possible, but highly unlikely, according to findings presented last fall at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

In a recent study of 4,557 sudden cardiac arrest cases in Oregon, less than 1% occurred during sex or within an hour after sex.

Sudden cardiac arrest happens when the heart’s electrical system fails, such as from an arrhythmia. When this happens, the heart stops beating. (Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, which occurs when blood flow to the heart is obstructed.)

The study cases were reported between 2002 and 2015. Men, middle-aged people, and African-Americans were the most likely to have sex-related sudden cardiac arrest. The affected patients tended to have heart disease and take heart medications, too.

Only a third of the patients who had sex-related sudden cardiac arrest received CPR, a fact that greatly concerned the researchers. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a life-saving technique that keeps oxygen flowing to the brain and other organs until medical professionals can get the heart beating normally again.

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