Great news if you are concerned that having sex may cause you to have a cardiac arrest. Why is that?
A new study showed that sexual activity very rarely causes a heart attack. The rate of the study group was only 0.7 percent. That’s just 34 out of 4,500 cases that had cardiac arrests in Portland, Oregon.
Out of those 34 cases, 18 occurred during sex and 15 happened shortly after sex.
“I’m a little surprised at the really tiny number,” said senior study researcher Dr. Sumeet Chugh, medical director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “But mostly I feel it’s reassuring data.”
“Previously we would say the risk is probably low, but we don’t know how low,” Chugh noted. “Now we have data, and we can say to them the risk is very low.”
Men are more likely than women to have their heart stop as a result of sex. Just two of the 34 cardiac arrest patients were female, the findings showed.
There’s one silver lining for people who have a cardiac arrest from sex — they’re almost twice as likely to survive, Chugh said.
“By now, there is recognition from a lot of research that if someone is around when you have your cardiac arrest and provides CPR while the ambulance is getting there, it can be potentially lifesaving,” Chugh said. “You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a witness if sexual activity is involved.”
The study will be published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology and be presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting.