Sex is good. But not in the way you may be thinking of. According to a study published Monday in an American magazine, sexual activity is good for the heart, even for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. Most people who have had a heart attack can have sex safely, says the research.
Cardiac risks associated with sexual activity have always been a concern for many people who have had a heart attack, but statistics do not justify such fear, the researchers explain in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
“Based on our data, it appears very unlikely that sexual activity causes heart attacks,” says Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher, professor at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at the University of Ulm in Germany, the lead author.
According to this study, sexual activity generally includes moderate exercises compared to the effort involved in other activities such as climbing stairs or running.
The scientists examined 536 people aged 30-70 years who have had a heart attack to assess their sexual activity during 12 months to determine the relationship between the frequency of the sexual activity and the risk of a heart attack.
According to a questionnaire, 14.9% of participants reported no sexual activity during this period, while 4.7% said they had sex less than once a month. A little more than 25% reported of having sex about once a week and 55% reported more than once per week.
During the ten-year follow-up period, 100 strokes were reported among the study participants and the sexual activity was not a risk factor, the researchers conclude.
They point out that only 0.7% reported having had sex less than an hour before their heart attack, like the former president of the French Republic, Felix Faure (1895-1899), who reportedly died shortly after sex with his mistress.
In comparison, more than 78% said that they had sex more than 24 hours before a cardiovascular event.