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Can a heart attack happen during or after sex? What does the study say within 24 hours

New Delhi: The pomp of a wedding in UP’s Bahraich turned into mourning the very next day. When both husband and wife went to the room on the wedding night, the next morning both were found dead in the room. Couple died due to heart attack. It is being told that both had heart attack at the same time and both have no medical history. A team of forensic experts also examined that room. There are many questions regarding this as well. Questions are being asked about this on social media as well. At the same time, according to a study, there were some such cases when the couple died suddenly during sex. Sex has many beneficial physical and psychological effects. It is beneficial for reducing high blood pressure and for better sleep. The physiological action of sex also releases the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone. This hormone is released from the pituitary gland, which is present in the lower part of the hypothalamus in the brain. This hormone has special importance in building feelings of love and intimate relationships. It has also been called the hug and love hormone. Which is important in building trust and bonds between people. But there is also a dark side. People sometimes die during or shortly after sex. However, this has been observed in very few cases. Sudden death accounts for 0.6% of all cases.

There are many other causes of heart attack and death as well. In most of the cases, it is seen that the consumption of both prescription medicine or drugs like cocaine for sexual activity is also the reason. The risk of sudden cardiac arrest increases as people get older. According to a German study based on post-mortem reports, 0.2% of 32,000 sudden deaths over a period of 33 years occurred during sexual activity.

Sudden death occurred mostly in men (median age 59 years) and the most frequent cause was heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction. Studies of sudden cardiac death and sexual activity in the US, France and South Korea show similar findings. Recently, researchers at St George’s, University of London, found that this phenomenon is not just limited to middle-aged men.

The report, published in JAMA Cardiology, examined 6,847 cases of sudden heart attack death between January 1994 and August 2020. Of these, 17 (0.2%) died during or within an hour of sex. The mean (median) age at death was 38 years, and 35% of cases occurred in women, which is higher than in previous studies.

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