Just 3 of 438 heart attack patients had been sexually active in the previous hour
Sex: It’s just what the doctor ordered. For heart disease patients, at least.
Sexual activity probably doesn’t trigger many heart attacks, scientists report September 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, the study’s authors say, the benefits seem to outweigh the risk.
Dietrich Rothenbacher and colleagues at Ulm University in Germany analyzed sexual history data from 438 patients who had suffered a heart attack. In the hour before an attack, only 0.7 percent of patients — 3 people — had been sexually active.
Next, the team followed patients for 10 years and tallied up which people were struck by further cardiovascular woes, such as heart attacks or strokes. People who were sexually active at least once per week were no more likely to suffer additional incidents than people who were less active.
Given the new findings, the researchers conclude, doctors should tell heart attack patients it’s OK to hit the sheets.
Source: Science News
Further Reference: M. Rosen. Study finds benefits to lowering blood pressure, but questions remain. Science News Online.
D. Rothenbacher et al. Sexual activity patterns before myocardial infarction and risk of subsequent cardiovascular adverse events. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Vol. 66, September 2015, p. 1516. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.07.053.