In spite of common belief, sex is not dangerous for heart attack patients, whether one suffers from a history of cardiovascular diseases or simply fearful of a recurring problem after a recent event. It’s an issue that is not often dismissed as ‘innocent’, but should be.
- Not many heart attack patients are aware that sex is not a danger to a future event
- Doctors have found no significant link between sexual activity and a heart attack
- The participants were inquired about their activity within the past 12 months
It’s not tied to future heart attacks or recurrence of future fatal events, a fact that is not well known among the population, according to the study. Less than half of the men and less than one third of women are not being properly informed about its risk, or lack thereof, following a heart attack.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry in Germany, which followed 536 patients who were known for suffering from heart disease. The participants, aged between 30 and 70 years old, were questioned about their sexual activity, or, more accurately, its frequency.
Out of all the participants, 55% reported to having sex at least once per week, 25.4% had sex less than once per week, 15% did not have sex at all during that time, and 4.7% had sex less than once per month. The questionnaires were completed in order for the researchers to attribute a possible link between sexual activity and cardiovascular events that might potentially be fatal for the patients.
After 10 years of follow-ups, 100 of the participants suffered adverse heart problems, and it was further examined how it might have been tied to engaging in intercourse. After evaluation, the results showed that only 0.7% had sex one hour before the heart attack, and 78% reported sexual activity 24 hours before the dangerous event.
According to Dr. Dietrich Rothenbacher, they found it “unlikely” that sex had any involvement in triggering heart attacks, or that it had any harm after the event fortunately passed. Sex has the physical equivalent of climbing two flights of stairs or going on a brisk walk, as stated by the researchers of the study.
Dr. Rothenbacher has stated that it’s important for both men and women to be aware that resuming normal sexual activity patterns will not increase their chances of going through a second heart event. Sex most certainly does not harm the heart.
However, they have mentioned that drugs taken for heart problem may cause problems in sexual activity, such as erectile dysfunction. And if that issue is combated with medicine to treat the consequence in combination with heart medicine, it may lead to blood pressure dropping, something that all patients needs to be made aware of.
The conclusion of the study seems to be the need for better awareness, and doctors properly informing patients of what they can or cannot do after medical problems.