Medics have revealed that an orgasm came close to claiming the life of a woman during sex.
She felt a "pop" as she climaxed which the medical professionals have since said was in fact a life-threatening injury to her heart artery.
The 45-year-old, who has not been named, was having sex with her husband with her “legs pressed against her chest” when the terrifying injury was sustained, the Mail reports.
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As she reached the orgasm, a strong and stabbing pain was felt in her chest, accompanied by the popping sound.
Her blood pressure was found to be 220/140mmHg following tests at her local hospital in Mississippi, USA.
The doctors there found that her aorta, the largest artery in the body at over an inch wide, had a leak in it.
Her condition is called an aortic intramural haematoma and can lead to a full tear of the aorta.
Around 40 per cent of people who suffer a full tear of the aorta are killed instantly.
High blood pressure can cause an area of the aorta to weaken over time, increasing the likelihood of it tearing – leading to an aortic intramural haematoma.
One common activity known to put extra pressure on the blood vessels is heavy weight lifting, while the “sheer stress” of sex can also be enough to cause a break – as was the case for the Mississippi woman, doctors said.
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She required blood pressure-lowering treatment but was discharged from the hospital three days later.
Her horrific story was reported in the medical journalAmerican Journal of Case Reports.
The woman felt a tightening in her chest and her back became hot, leading her to feel panicked and sick.
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She told doctors at the hospital that she was experiencing pain at a 10 out of 10 level after she rushed to get the medical treatment.
She revealed to the team treating her that she had smoked for nearly two decades. She did not need surgery in the end, with the medication being enough to stem the flow.
Writing in the journal, the doctors said: “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.
“Understanding the physiologic changes and stress of sexual intercourse and how this [affects] hemodynamics can help predict adverse outcomes in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular risk factors.”
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