A 45-year-old woman from Hattliesburg, Mississippi, almost died from an orgasm, doctors revealed in the American Journal of Case Reports. She had sex with her husband with her legs pressed against her chest. As she climaxed, she felt a strange popping sensation that was accompanied by a sudden, stabbing pain in her heart. Tests carried out by doctors after she arrived at a local hospital revealed that she had very high blood pressure. They determined that the cause was a tear in the patient’s aorta, the largest artery that carries blood through the body and is more than 2.5 centimeters in diameter. This condition, known medically as an aortic intramural hematoma, can lead to a complete rupture of the aorta. If left untreated, it kills up to 40 percent of patients immediately. It occurs in an area of the aorta that is weakened, which can be caused by high blood pressure. According to medical professionals, stress during sex can also cause a weakened aorta to rupture. The woman was given blood pressure medication for three days and finally released. Photo gallery (3) Source: thinkstock.com Risk of death increases by one percent every hour without medication Doctors at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg said the woman may not have been diagnosed with the cause of her problem quickly enough. Upon arrival at the hospital, she was given morphine and fentanyl for pain relief. Doctor William Bryan Bishop III asked the woman about her medical history, which revealed that she had smoked for nearly two decades. High blood pressure associated with a rapidly increasing heart rate, such as that experienced during orgasm, can cause the aorta to rupture. It usually only occurs in areas of blood vessels that have already been severely weakened. Loss of blood flow means there is less oxygen in the body for organs such as the brain, kidneys and heart, which can be fatal. A complete tear, known as aortic dissection, is incredibly rare. It occurs more often in men aged 60 and over. Photo gallery (3) Source: Getty Images Emergency doctors quickly consulted with the surgical team, who decided it would be better to treat the woman first with medication. She did not have to undergo surgery. This rare case may help doctors treat similar patients in the future. “Aortic intramural hematoma in a 45-year-old woman during sexual intercourse, as observed in the patient in our case, is not a commonly reported occurrence,” they concluded. “Understanding the physiological changes and stress of sex and how this affects hemodynamics may help predict adverse outcomes in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors,” they added.
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