Sexual activity rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest | AHA


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Takeaway
  • Sexual activity is rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest.
Why this matters
  • These new data may help inform discussions between healthcare providers and patients on the safety of sexual activity.
Study design
  • To determine whether sexual activity might trigger sudden cardiac arrest, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, examined records on 4557 cases of cardiac arrest in adults between 2002 and 2015 in a community in the northwestern US.
Key results
  • Of the cases examined, 34 cardiac arrests occurred during or within one h of sexual intercourse.
  • Compared with others who had sudden cardiac arrest, people with an arrest associated with sexual intercourse were more likely to be male (94%).
  • One in 100 cases of cardiac arrest in men was associated with sexual activity, compared with one in 1000 cases in women.
  • Even though sudden cardiac arrest during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, bystander CPR was performed in only one-third of the cases.
  • The presence of heart disease and the use of heart medications was common and similar in both groups.