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Death During Sex Is Rare, Researchers Say

Doctors are well aware that many heart patients hold back from sexual activity, fearing they'll risk sudden death or a heart attack. It’s an anxiety reinforced by movies and TV like "Something's Gotta Give," "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men". But the chance of sex triggering a cardiac arrest in older men and women is exceedingly rare, according to the first study to examine the link between sudden death and sex. “People will ask their doctors if sex increases their risk of sudden death, and we’ve never had the answer,” said Dr. Sumeet Chugh, the study’s senior author and a highly respected expert ...