Heart Attack: New Study Reveals Sex Is Not A Trigger, No More Dangerous Than A Brisk Walk

Individuals with heart disease are warned to refrain from strenuous activities, fearing a potential heart attack. New studies reveal that heart disease patients no longer need to worry about missing out on a healthy sex life, claiming intercourse is no longer considered a trigger and that it is no more dangerous than a brisk walk.

According to the American Heart Association, individuals that have suffered a heart attack are now being given the green light to enjoy a healthy sex life without worry of future heart attacks or death. Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher shared the news, as reported by NBC News.

“Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack. It is important to reassure patients that they need not be worried and should resume their usual sexual activity.”

Researchers based their findings on the frequency of sex an individual with heart disease had prior to a heart attack. Nearly 15 percent did not participate in sexual activity prior to their heart attack, whereas 55 percent reported multiple sessions of sexual activity each week, but none had sex within a significant time period prior to the heart attack, or within an hour of sexual intercourse.

Despite the announcement, researchers do warn to check with your doctor before having sex when you have heart disease. The inclusion of erectile dysfunction drugs could cause another set of concerns. There is worry that the drugs could interact with heart medication, causing further complications for the individual. They also warn that drugs that treat prostate problems or low blood pressure may also have a significant effect on possible heart attacks.

Dr. Glenn Levine shared that sexual activity is important to couples, and past warnings against engaging in sex when presented with heart disease was troubling to some couples.

“Sexual activity is a major quality of life issue for men and women with cardiovascular disease and their partners.”

On the other hand, he does warn to consult with your doctor before engaging in sex.

“Some patients will postpone sexual activity when it is actually relatively safe for them to engage in it. On the other hand, there are some patients for whom it may be reasonable to defer sexual activity until they’re assessed and stabilized.”

Dr. Rothenbacher was excited to share the news and hopes the worry about sexual intercourse, while inflicted with heart disease, will no longer be stressful and frustrating to individuals anymore.

“It is important to reassure patients that they need not be worried and should resume their usual sexual activity.”

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