Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Men more likely than women to need CPR after sex

Men more likely than women to need CPR after sex

Sudden cardiac arrest is, more often than not, fatal, and it requires immediate specialized attention in order for the worst outcome to be prevented.

Sex was linked to only 34 out of more than 4,500 cardiac arrests that occurred in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area between 2002 and 2015. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute reported Sunday at an American Heart Association conference that only one in every 100 cases of sudden cardiac arrest in men occurred after sexual activity.

But new research on which a number of prestigious institutions - including Helsinki University Hospital in Finland and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA - collaborated has revealed that it is unlikely that cardiac arrest will occur during sexual intercourse.

"People will ask their doctors if sex increases their risk of sudden death, and we've never had the answer before because there never was a study", said Chugh, the study's senior author and a highly respected expert on sudden cardiac arrest.

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

The study hence concludes that 1% of the cardiac arrest happens because of sex in men where the percentage is 0.1% in women. In the category of danger of dying during sex fall male African-American origin aged over 60 years who suffer from tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation of the heart. The majority of cases were men who had a previous history of heart diseases. Well, the study concludes that there are rare chances that cardiac arrest can trigger someone during sexual intercourse. Even though all the cases of SCA the researchers included were brought on by partnered sex-meaning, they were all witnessed by someone-in only one-third of them did that partner attempt CPR.

Almost 20 percent of the sex-related sudden cardiac arrest patients survived compared to just 12.9 percent of the non-sexual activity-related patients.

And while all the sex-triggered deaths had a partner present, CPR was only started in a third (32 per cent) of cases.

Dr Chugh said: "These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, irrespective of the circumstance".

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