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Sex not cause of cardiac arrest, study says

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, November 18, 2017 | 11:07 am
Sex not cause of cardiac arrest, study says

Although the research has proven that sex is not a major cause of cardiac arrest, the British Heart Foundation advises patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest or had heart surgery to postpone sexual activity for 4 to 6 weeks. (Shutterstock/File)

A study found that cardiac arrests, which are different from heart attacks, were rarely triggered by sex, and was even less common among women.

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institution’s Dr. Sumeet Chugh and his colleagues from California studied reports spanning 13 years from Portland, Oregon in the United States. Their findings suggested that less than 1 percent of cardiac arrests were caused during or approximately an hour after coitus.

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Although the research has proven that sex is not a major cause of cardiac arrest, the British Heart Foundation advises patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest or had heart surgery to postpone sexual activity for 4 to 6 weeks.

According to the BBC, the study found another more concerning fact. The data showed that CPR was administered to only a third of the cardiac arrest cases even when there was another person nearby. 

"These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for sudden cardiac arrest, irrespective of the circumstances," said Dr. Chugh. (ezr/kes)

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