A new study reveals that it is a common misconception to think that there is a high risk of cardiac arrest occuring during sex.

In the study, over 4,500* cases of patients suffering cardiac arrest were analysed and of those, only 34 occurred during, or just, after sex. 

Commenting on his findings Dr Sumeet Chugh said: "In the big picture, it is rare for sexual intercourse to be a trigger for sudden cardiac arrest.

"I think it's important to healthy relationships to have this anxiety lifted".

Of the 34 cases, he told the American Heart Association, 32 were men.

Heart problems and medications were common among the group. 

Worryingly, only a third received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

"If this devastating event does occur, the partner should not hesitate to perform CPR since it will potentially increase the chances of survival," Chugh said.

Cardiac Arrest – the facts according to the American Heart Association:
A cardiac arrest is where the heart stops beating suddenly. The sufferer will quickly fall unconscious, stop breathing and unless they receive CPR, it is fatal. 

A heart attack is where a blockage of the heart valves prevent blood flow.

"On average in the US, only 10% or less actually survive a cardiac arrest," according to Dr. Chugh, who is also a professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

*The 4,557 cases examined in this study were based on the lifetime medical records of all the adults who died of sudden cardiac arrest in Portland, Oregon, from 2002 through 2015.

CPR tips:
During CPR, the rate of compression is 100 to 120 compressions per minute. Compressing to the beat of the Bees Gees' Stayin' Alive is recommended.