Is sex good for you?
“Yes,” say doctors. It’s not only good for you, it’s good for your heart. BUT, how good is sex for you after you’ve had a heart attack?
A study done by German researchers show that sex does not trigger another heart attack.
The study that was led by Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher, lead author of the study from Ulm University in Germany, said that according to their data, sexual activity is unlikely to trigger a heart attack. The results from this study were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Here’s the results of their study.
‘The research team questioned 536 heart disease patients aged between 30 and 70 years about their sexual activity before and after heart attacks, strokes and other types of sudden cardiovascular death. About 15 percent of the patients said they’d had no sexual activity in the 12 months before their heart attack, 25 percent said they’d had sex about once a week and 55 percent said they had sex more than once a week, the team reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.”
“Over the next 10 years, there were 100 heart attacks, strokes or other adverse events in the group. The researchers looked to see what type of sexual activity had been going one before these events. Less than 1 percent of the patients said they’d had sex within an hour before.”
Dr. Rothenbacher said it is important to make patients understand that they shouldn’t be worried about having another heart attack and they should continue with their sexual activity. He said doctors are not telling people that they can resume sexual activity- less than half of the men and less than a third of the women are receiving this information.
Many people worry that exerting themselves during sex will trigger another heart attack. Dr. Rothenbacher and his team said in the results of the study that usually sexual activity is only moderate physical activity and it shouldn’t take any more physical effort than climbing two staircases or taking a brisk walk does.
According to Health Essentials website, men and women that have experienced heart attacks during sex were involved in a stressful relationship.
Research also tells us that sex is a great natural relief from pain; it can help with migraine headaches, and after sex, people tend to be in a relaxed state and feel content. Sex also allows us to sleep better, which is good for your heart and for your general health.
So don’t worry, even if you have had a heart attack, or two. Get playful, go to bed and have sex or wake your partner up in the middle of the night. Sex is actually good for your heart.
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