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Got_Fuzzy
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Wasn't sure about putting this here or in Medical, but just to be on the safe side...

An acquaintance of mine insists that it's possible for an otherwise healthy person to experience severe heart arrhythmias and even flatline during "really good sex." This sounds like a load of hogwash to me. All the information I've been able to find on heart arrhythmias during sex or sex after cardiac episodes says that sex may exacerbate things like PVC's, can increase the heart rate, and shouldn't be attempted before one can climb a flight of stairs. There's nothing about how sex can cause a heart attack in someone healthy, no matter how energetic the act is.

Maybe someone with an undiscovered or ignored heart condition could die, and that's the basis for this. Any other suggestions? UL or no?

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I would think there's about as much chance of that as any other vigorous or high stress activity--going for a jog, swimming, working out in the gym, (for some) public speaking...

If you have, as you said, a heart condition not previously discovered or a clot that hasn't yet broken loose or something, then it's possible. But there's nothing special about sex (that presents itself as unique from other types of exercise/activity) that would short circuit the circulatory system.

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UrbanReindeer
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I have PVC's and take medication for them, and sex hasn't killed ME yet, so hopefully healthy people are safe.

And don't tell me I'm not doing it right, either. [Wink]

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Define healthy. A month ago every test I had was perfect- cholesterol, can do cardio for 1.5 hrs +, bloodwork all clean. I went to Atlanta for business and came back sick and lethargic but in reality had heart disease caused by the virus in my heart. This caused ventrical fibrilation (top part of my heart was beating 300-450 times a minute, bottom was working @ 40% at best). If I had done anything strenuous in that time yes, I probably would have had a heart attack.

Too many people assume that a heart attack is just waiting to happen to a few people. If it's not caused by lifestyle or hereditary reasons you can be "healthy" but ready to drop.

Fortunatly for me living is in my top 10 things to do every day so it was on my list. When the doctor asked if I was sexually active I replied that I was working on that [Smile]

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Doug4.7
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When I first read the title of this thread, I thought it was "Flatulence During Sex".

So, uh, never mind...

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LongTallBlonde
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Another factor to consider is that during sex the blood flow in the body is greater in the genital area. Both for males and females. Consequently there is less blood for the heart to push to other organs which can make the heart go into overload.

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khadijah
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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
When I first read the title of this thread, I thought it was "Flatulence During Sex".

So, uh, never mind...

you are not the only one Doug. Jeeze, my mind is really in the gutter.
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Canuckistan
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quote:
Originally posted by khadijah:
quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
When I first read the title of this thread, I thought it was "Flatulence During Sex".

So, uh, never mind...

you are not the only one Doug. Jeeze, my mind is really in the gutter.
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Make that three of us.

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Hero_Mike
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Anecdote - one of my potential graduate supervisors advised me to talk to his students, to get a feel for what it would be like to work with him. One of the students was guy in his mid-20's from South America, who had experienced not one, but *two* heart attacks during wild sex. This was factual - but rumour has it that drug use was involved and was the main cause of the heart attacks. He seemed to be in average-to-good shape.

I didn't know the guy very well, so I didn't know if I should congratulate him, or question his sanity.

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Artemis
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How common is it for a woman to experience heart attack during sex? you always hear about older men, but what about the (supposedly) fairer sex?

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possible for an otherwise healthy person to experience severe heart arrhythmias and even flatline during "really good sex."
Otherwise healthy people die of heart attacks every day.

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That doesn't say "flatulating during sex," does it?

Yeah...

I got nothing.

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Doug4.7
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I get the impression (from the various posts here) that "flatulence" is more common than "flatlining" during sex...

Of course, it could just be more survivable...

(usually...) [Smile]

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UrbanReindeer
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quote:
Originally posted by Artemis:
How common is it for a woman to experience heart attack during sex? you always hear about older men, but what about the (supposedly) fairer sex?

I was thinking about that last night. I suppose men are more likely to be the ones exerting the most effort. Most sexual positions require the man to do more work, so it figures that he'd be the one more likely to have the heart attack.

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deflowerkid
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Ahem.....I think I can answer this one safely. I'm not a nurse...yet, but I am a Monitor Technician in the ICU at the hospital here. I read heart rhythms all day, basically. For a person to go into asystole (technical term for flatlining) it takes complete and total death of all the cells in the heart. They are also more likely to go into another abnormal rhythm first, ventricular tachycardia, or ventricular fibrilation. It is very rare for anyone to go into these lethal heart rhythms, but for anyone to do it during sex is highly unlikely. Perhaps PVC'S, or premature ventricular complexes, are more likely. We have those all the time, when you feel you heart thumping against your chest, when you are scared for example.

So...in conclusion, I'd say very very unlikely. But possible? Sure.

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