Sex and Heart Attack Risk: Is There a Connection?

Sex and Heart Attack Risk: Is There a Connection?


I’m Rachelle Grossman with today’s health
news. Resuming intimacy is a real concern for many people who’ve suffered a heart attack.
But new evidence suggests that the benefits of having sex may actually outweigh the risks.
A new study from Germany found that, not only is sexual activity rarely the cause of a heart
attack, but most heart attack patients may be safe to resume sexual activity without
much risk of relapse. Researchers looked at 536 heart disease patients aged 30 to 70,
with varying degrees of sexual activity. The patients were tracked for 10 years. Out of
100 patients who had a heart attack, only point-7 percent said they had sex within an
hour before. By comparison, about 78-percent said they had sex more than 24 hours before
a heart attack. Experts compare the exertion from sexual activity to that of climbing two
staircases or taking a brisk walk. If you’ve suffered a heart attack, you should always
speak with your doctor before resuming sexual activity.