Researchers found that even though sexual partners were present during cardiac arrest, only one-third performed CPR, highlighting the importance of continued CPR education efforts "irrespective of the circumstance".
A United States study of sudden cardiac arrests found only a third of cases that occurred during sex received "bystander CPR".
"Previously we would say the risk is probably low, but we don't know how low", Chugh noted.
The news is most welcome for patients with heart problems who aren't sure if sex could be unsafe, Chugh said. "Now we have data and we can say to them the risk is very low". They think men might have a bigger overall risk, or maybe some other factors were involved which the study didn't account for.
Sex just isn't as strenuous as people believe.
Those who experienced sexual activity related sudden cardiac arrest tended to be younger, with an average age of 60.3 years, compared to an average age of 65.2 years for those who had a sudden cardiac arrest that wasn't linked to sex. She is director of the NYU Center for Women's Health and an AHA spokeswoman. Later the scientist asked that whether sex can be called risky for the heart patients and the answer come as to be on hold.
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Compared with others who had sudden cardiac arrest, people with an arrest associated with sexual intercourse were more likely to be male (94%).
Though all patients included in the study had their sudden cardiac arrest witnessed by another person, less than a third received CPR.
Goldberg suggested that "doctors really should be discussing this information with their patients to allay their fears they may have after a cardiac diagnosis, that most people return safely to having sexual activity".
He said it shows the need for people to be educated about how to administer CPR.
The study analyzed a number of 4,557 cardiac arrest cases which have occurred in Portland, Oregon, over a period of a few years.