Men who suffer cardiac arrest during sex 'four times more likely to die'

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Men are four times more likely to die from a cardiac arrest if it happens during sex, scientists have said.

A new study found that just 12 per cent of men who suffered cardiac arrests during intercourse survived, compared to 50 per cent of those whose heart stopped during other physical activities.

Doctors said that one reason for this is that women whose partners collapse were too embarrassed to call for help. 

The shock also might mean they were less likely to carry out CPR themselves, French researchers revealed.

The study by cardiac hospitals in Paris looked at 246 cases in which men suffered a cardiac arrest, which results from a heart attack, during a range of physical activities.

Of these 17 – all men with an average age of 53 – had been having sex.

Fewer than half of the men who had been having sex were given CPR, compared with 80 per cent of the other victims, and they also had longer delays in getting treatment. 

Study leader Dr Ardalan Sharifzadehgan, of the Paris Sudden Death Expertise Centre, said: “There’s social embarrassment. They are shocked, they don’t know how to react.

“The husband is naked, they are naked, maybe they’re afraid to call the neighbours. There’s big, big embarrassment. But the take-home message is – you have to rescue your husband.”


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