A 45-year-old woman almost died while making love with her husband, doctors have revealed.
The patient reportedly felt a ‘pop’ in her chest and then felt a hot sensation and agonizing pain after climaxing.
Her legs were “pressed against her chest” when she was having s*x with her husband.
Test results revealed that her blood pressure was 220/140mmHg. Medics discovered a leak in her aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart throughout the body.
If left untreated, aortic intramural hematoma can result in a full tear of the aorta, which kills around 40 percent of sufferers.
The condition occurs in an area of the aorta that has been weakened over time. One of the known risks factors are having high blood pressure and high-intensity weightlifting.
Doctors who treated the woman claim the “shear stress” of s*x can make a weakend aorta even more vulnerable to leaking.
The woman was discharged a few days later after being given blood pressure-lowering medication.
However, doctors at Merit Health Wesley warned that the cause of her problem could have meant that her condition was not diagnosed as early as possible.
The case of the unnamed patient was published in the American Journal of Case Reports.
The woman did not undergo a surgery, which is usually done when the leak is closer to the heart.
“An aortic intramural hematoma in 45-year-old woman during sexual intercourse, as seen in the patient in our case, is not a commonly reported occurrence,” they wrote.
“Understanding the physiologic changes and stress of sexual intercourse and how this effects hemodynamics can help predict adverse outcomes in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors.”
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