Friday, July 9, 2010
Heart attack caused by sexual excitement
A YOUNG woman died from a heart attack caused by sexual excitement while watching porn, an inquest heard.Nicola Paginton, 30, a children's nanny, was found dead in bed last October with a vibrator by her side and an erotic movie playing on her laptop.
A Home Office pathologist told the inquest in Gloucester that Miss Paginton died from a sudden heart arrhythmia, probably brought on by her state of arousal.
Coroner Alan Crickmore ruled her "activity before death" contributed to the fatal cardiac arrest and recorded a verdict of natural causes.The inquest heard Miss Paginton, of Cirencester, Gloucs, was found dead on October 15 2009.
Det Sgt Gavin Webb said police were called by her employer, Sarah Griffiths, after she did not turn up for work.
Mrs Griffiths had seen Miss Paginton the day before and said she had appeared to be fit and well.She went to her home, but when she couldn't get an answer at the door, she enlisted the help of a neighbour to break in.
Miss Paginton's GP Laura Patterson said she suffered fainting episode in 2007.
Pathologist Dr Richard Jones said there was no evidence of natural disease or trauma, but he said a fainting episode may indicate a possible heart problem.He said: "There is nothing to explain why she died in this way but I suspect sudden cardiac death."In individuals who have this heart abnormality there is usually a trigger - something like an alarm bell or a telephone.
"In Nichola's case the increase in heart rate may be associated with physical arousal."