According to a report published by the Journal of the American Academy of Cardiology, 19 percent of men who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during or within an hour of sex are Black. And though the general number of incidences recorded is low, the stats are still alarming—especially since 66 percent of sexual partners reportedly did not perform CPR during a partner’s episode of cardiac distress. While the reasons they didn’t help are not specified, it’s safe to assume that many of them were unsure how to respond.
“These findings highlight the importance of continued efforts to educate the public on the importance of bystander CPR for SCA, irrespective of the circumstance,” Sumeet Chugh, MD, senior study author and associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said in a press release about the study.
To add to the study’s significance, a 2017 report, as noted by The Root, shows that folks in Black neighborhoods are less likely than others to receive CPR or Automated External Defibrillator treatment during an episode of cardiac distress. Generally speaking, more than 350,000 people in America experience SCA outside of a medical facility each year. Just 46 percent receive CPR from bystanders.