How heart-stopping is sex, really?

Researchers determine whether it is a common trigger for cardiac arrest

Sexual activity is rarely associated with sudden cardiac arrest, but it’s men who are most at risk, and often they are not revived by their partner.

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Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 contradicts a TV and movie myth that having sex is a common trigger for myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest. In fact, it's about as dangerous as going for a walk.

The study of 4557 cases of cardiac arrest in American adults between 2002 and 2015 found:

  • Just 34 cases occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse.