It is known that during a sex session, there may be certain accidents, some embarrassing and others more serious. But would you have imagined that you could die after reaching the climax?
Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating; which happens normally without warning. If not treated immediately, it can cause sudden cardiac death, resulting in around 350,000 deaths annually in the United States. It is known that sexual activity can trigger non-fatal cardiac events such as myocardial infarction, but is sexual activity a potential trigger of sudden cardiac arrest events in the population?
A small percentage of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) events are related to sexual activity, but survival rates in those cases are also low, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American College. of Cardiology ‘and presented at the 2017 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, which are held in Anaheim, California, United States. Although these SCA events related to sexual activity were witnessed by a partner, they only underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in one third of the cases.
The researchers analyzed the ‘Oregon Sudden Unespected Death Study’ database (Oregon SUDS) between 2002 and 2015 to discover how often SCA occurred during or one hour after sexual activity in all people over 18 years of age. All registered cases of SCA were based on emergency medical service reports that contain detailed information about the cause of the cardiac arrest event.
In total, the researchers identified 4,557 SCAs in Portland during the 13-year study period. Of these, 34 (0.7 percent) of the SCAs were linked to sexual activity. On average, these patients were middle-aged males, African-Americans and had a history of cardiovascular pathology, and the majority took cardiovascular drugs. Patients who experienced an ACS related to sexual activity also had a higher rate of ventricular fibrillation / tachycardia than those who did not.
AWARE OF CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION
Only one third of these cases of SCA received cardiovascular resuscitation by those who witnessed it. The researchers determined that the low CPR rate of the controls accounted for less than 20 percent of the patients who survived the hospital discharge.
Although the ACS during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, face-to-face CPR was performed in only one third of the cases, “laments the study’s lead author, Sumeet Chugh, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. “These findings highlight the importance of continuing efforts to educate the public about the importance of CPR by witnesses to treat the SCA, regardless of the circumstance,” he adds.
Among the limitations of the study, the authors point out the unknown information on the frequency of sexual activity, so it was not possible to determine the relative risk compared to rest and physical activity. In general, the researchers found a relatively low burden of SCA in relation to sexual activity. The majority of cases were men with a history of cardiovascular disease, and some cases of ACS after sexual activity may also involve medications, stimulants and alcohol consumption.