- 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.
- 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.
- 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.