Sex After Heart Attack is Safe for Most Patients, Study Finds
2016 Membership Renewal
Sex after a heart attack is a common concern, but most patients don't need to worry, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Sex is unlikely to trigger another heart attack, German scientists wrote, adding that sexual activity can be compared to a brisk walk or climbing two flights of stairs.
The research team studied 536 patients between the ages of 30 and 70 who had had a heart attack. The participants answered questions about their sexual activity in the year before their heart attack and were followed for the next ten years.
Less than 1% had had sex within an hour of their heart attack. Almost 80% did not have sex within the previous 24 hours.
Over the next ten years, 100 adverse cardiovascular events occurred, but these episodes were not linked to sexual activity.
Please see further information on this study here.
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