Sexual activity is not linked to an increased risk of having a heart attack in people who have heart ailments, according to research.
A study was conducted to determine the relationship between the frequency of having a sexual activity and the presence of heart disease. The trial involved 536 heart disease patients who come from 30 to 70 age year old bracket. The participants utilized a self-reported questionnaire, which noted the regularity of their sexual activity within a 12-month period prior to a heart attack report.
Among the participants, 14.9 percent reported that they had no sexual activity, 4.7 percent reported that they engaged in a sexual activity less than once per month, 25.4 percent reported that they had sexual activity less than once per week, and 55 percent said that they had sexual intercourse several times per week.
During the follow-up phase, which transpired for 10 years, the researchers had noted 100 heart-related reports from the trial subjects. With regard to the timing between the sexual activity and the episode of the heart attack, only 0.7 percent reported that they had sexual activity within an hour prior to the heart attack episode while more than 78 percent said that they engaged in a sexual activity that happened more than 24 hours before the heart attack.
Researchers said that patients diagnosed with a heart disease should not be bothered about the threats of sexual activity, according to Medical News Today. In addition, sexual activity is now regarded as a kind of a mild aerobic exercise that helps decrease the risk of having a heart attack and improves a person’s recovery from a heart disease.
The study authors also said that sexual activity is usually compared to climbing two staircases or brisk walking. However, most sexual activity do not necessitate tremendous effort, in contrary to other people’s perception.
Lead author Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher is also the chair in the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University in Germany. He said in an interview that their research data suggests that sexual activity is not likely to prompt a heart attack. With this premise, Rothenbacher added that people should resume their usual sexual activity and should not be anxious about having a heart attack due to sexual intercourse.
The trial’s findings clearly suggest that the positive effects of engaging in sexual activity outweighs the negative ones; however, researchers said that if some heart and erectile dysfunction medications are taken in combination, there could be a risk of having hypotension or decreased blood pressure. Thus, it is advisable to consult first the medical doctor for verification of health status.
Apart from sexual activity, other factors that may predispose a person to having a heart disease or even death include stress and depression.
While the study findings suggest that there is no direct link between sexual activity and the risk of having a heart disease, further research on the positive and negative effects of being sexually active to someone with heart disease should be taken into account.