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Sexual activity rarely a heart-stopping activity
November 22 2017, 01:46 | Rex Rios
Only one in three men are given emergency treatment by their lover scientists say Getty Images
Time couldn't be determined for the last case. Fear of post-sex heart failure has been bolstered by plot lines on TV shows like Mad Men, but in reality, "the risk is very small", senior author Dr. Sumeet Chugh tells NBC. "But mostly I feel it's reassuring data".
Scientists stated: "The majority of cases were men with a previous history of cardiovascular disease". According to the study, the low bystander CPR rate accounted for less than 20 percent of patients who survived to hospital discharge. "Over the years, we've had a fair bit of data on physical activity and how it's related to sudden cardiac arrest, but no one had looked specifically at sexual activity".
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"Performing CPR by bystanders until the ambulance arrives translates to significantly better survival for cardiac arrest", report author Aapo Aro said.
During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating and stops sending oxygen-rich blood to organs like the brain.
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This differs from a heart attack, where blood flow to the heart is blocked.
This, they said, explains the low survival rates from those who collapse in bed.
Goldberg suggested that "doctors really should be discussing this information with their patients to allay their fears they may have after a cardiac diagnosis, that most people return safely to having sexual activity". Roughly 32 percent of patients who had sex-related cardiac arrests received CPR, compared with 27 percent of the other cases.
He said it shows the need for people to be educated about how to administer CPR. "You're pretty much guaranteed to have a witness if sexual activity is involved".
Researchers found that even though sexual partners were present during cardiac arrest, only one-third performed CPR, highlighting the importance of continued CPR education efforts "irrespective of the circumstance".