Rather, sex is renowned for its beneficial effects on the physical and psychological levels. Corn, in some rare cases, it can be fatal – In the proper sense of the term.
A team of researchers from the University of London recently decided to look into this phenomenon. The results of their study were published in mid-January in the journal Jamaica Cardiology (source 1).
They analyzed nearly 7,000 cases of sudden death that occurred between January 1994 and August 2020. Of these, 17 are related to sexual activity and occurred during the act or in the hour that followed. Or 0.2% of sudden death cases.
Older men aren’t the only audiences at risk
The study confirms that theMen are more concerned : they represent 65% of deceased patients. Unlike previous studies, the average age this time is 38.
Women also seem to be more concerned than previous studies would suggest. They represent nearly one in three cases of sudden death during sexual intercourse (35% of cases). Not so surprising, when we know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women around the world.
What Causes Sudden Death During Sex?
These deaths were generally not caused by heart attacks, as can be seen in older men. The authors of the study identified two main causes for this phenomenon:
- in 53% of cases, the heart was in good condition, but a suddenly abnormal heart rhythm led to sudden arrhythmia death syndrome;
- in 12% of cases, the subjects underwent an aortic dissection (a disease that causes the inner lining of the aorta to tear);
- for the remaining cases, death was due to structural abnormalities or at a rare group of genetic diseases called “channelopathy”.
This new study therefore suggests that sudden cardiac death in people under the age of 50 is mainly due to sudden arrhythmia death syndrome or cardiomyopathies. The authors recommend young adults diagnosed with these conditions seek advice from their cardiologist about the risk associated with sexual activity. That said, the low incidence of death suggests that the risk is very low, even in people with heart disease.
We believe these results provide reassurance that sexual activity is relatively safe in patients with heart conditions, particularly in young people (under 50), the study authors conclude.