A new study had indicated that sexual activity doesn’t increase a person’s chances of experiencing heart attacks. A team of researchers from Germany have informed that being intimate with your significant other will not put your heart in any danger.
A lot of individuals who’ve suffered a heart attack have refrained from having sex out of fear that the act would trigger another one. This is because they associate it with physical exercise, and worry that it may more than their bodies can take after their hearts threatened to fail them.
But the study authors say that this isn’t at all the case. In fact, they concluded that sexual activity does not put any more stress on the body than taking a brisk walk or climbing two (2) flights of stairs does.
Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher, one of the study’s authors and Ulm University’s chair of the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry from (Germany), offered a written statement explaining that “Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack”.
The author added that “Less than half of men and less than a third of women” consult their doctor and ask for advice on whrther or not they should resume sexual activity after suffering a heart attack. However “It is important to reassure patients that they need not be worried and should resume their usual sexual activity”.
For their study, the German researchers looked at the information provided by 536 individuals who experienced heart attacks, all in the 30 to 70 age range.
The questions related to the subjects’ sexual activity, and analyzing the answers, the field experts estimated each individual’s chances of experiencing strokes, cardiovascular death, and heart attacks.
They then followed their subjects for 10 years, and noted that 100 adverse heart events occurred during this timem however none of them could be linked to sexual activity.
Dr. Rothenbacher and colleagues checked to see when the heart attack victims were sexual active last, and found that just 0.7 percent (0.7%) of the subjects who suffered heart attacks had had sex within the hour leading up to the incident.
But a majority of more than 78 percent (78%) had had sex more than a day before the incident.
What’s more, about 15 percent (15%) of the subjects didn’t have sex at all in the year leading up to the heart attack, about 5 percent (5%) of the subjects had sex less frequently than once per month in the year leading up to the heart attack, roughly 25 percent (25%) of the subjects had sex less frequently than once per week in the year leading up to the heart attack, and 55 percent (55%) of the subjects had sex once or more each week, in the year leading up to the heart attack.
The study was published earlier this week, on September 21, 2015, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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