According to a new study, men with a history of cardiovascular disease are more likely to experience a sudden cardiac arrest during or after having sex.
The study, led by an Indian-origin researcher, discovered that, while sudden cardiac arrest is extremely rare, survival rates in such cases remain low.
According to the researchers, this is due to the partners’ failure to immediately perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which could have saved more lives.
“Even though SCA during sexual activity was witnessed by a partner, only one-third of the cases received bystander CPR,” said Sumeet Chugh, Associate Director at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
The team examined records from more than 4,500 cardiac arrests in people over the age of 18 for the study, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Only 34 of these occurred during or within an hour of having sex, and 32 of those were men who were already taking heart medication.
Patients who had a sudden cardiac arrest as a result of sexual activity had a higher rate of ventricular fibrillation/tachycardia than those who did not.
Bystander CPR was used in only one-third of these SCA cases. According to the researchers, this low rate of bystander CPR accounted for less than 20% of patients who survived to hospital discharge.
Furthermore, some cases of SCA following sexual activity may involve the use of medications, stimulants, and alcohol, according to the researchers.
“These findings underscore the importance of continuing efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for SCA, regardless of circumstance,” Chugh added.
With IANS input