Worried whether your heart is strong enough for sex?

Relax — and go back to bed. A new study published this weekend shows that even though the chance of suffering a heart attack while having sex is greater for men than women, it’s still pretty rare overall.

One in 100 men and 1 in 1,000 women had sudden cardiac arrest during sex, according to data published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Research led by Dr. Sumeet Chugh, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, showed that after reviewing more than 300,000 cardiac deaths each year in the U.S., less than 1 percent were linked with having sex.

Cardiovascular events — such as heart attacks or chest pain caused by heart disease — rarely occur during sexual activity, according to the American Heart Association, because sexual activity is usually for a short time.

But the Cedars Sinai study did offer some interesting insights, including:

Those suffering heart attacks related to sexual activity tended to be younger, with an average age of 60.3 years, compared to an average age of 65.2 years for those whose hearts attacks weren’t linked to having sex.
African Americans comprised 7.8 percent of the heart attacks in the study, but almost 19 percent of the sexual activity-related cardiac arrests.
Nearly 20 percent of the sex-related hearts attack patients survived, compared to just 12.9 percent of those whose heart attacks weren’t linked to sex.

In the Cedars-Sinai study, more than 4,500 cases since 2002 were examined based on on data from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study. Only 34 cases occurred during or within an hour of engaging in sex. All of the cases were based on emergency medical service reports that detailed the cause of the heart attack.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Health

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