The Oscars

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Heart Attack

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Sixty-something ladies’ man Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) has a heart attack during foreplay with his 20-something girlfriend (Amanda Peet). At the hospital, an ER doctor (Keanu Reeves) orders an IV of nitroglycerin. When informed that it could be fatal if mixed with Viagra, Harry—who moments earlier had denied taking the drug—yanks the IV out of his arm in a panic.

“There is some truth in this portrayal,” says Matthew Sorrentino, MD, a preventive cardiologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center. “Most heart attacks occur without any major provocation, but physical activity (including sexual activity) can precipitate a heart attack on occasion.”

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