Sex is a 'moderate' activity and does not trigger heart attacks
Scientists behind the study revealed that intercourse is only a “moderate” activity, equivalent to a brisk walk, or climbing two cases of stairs
For those who want to enjoy intimacy with their partners, this could be good news. Experts say that there is no evidence to support that sex can trigger a heart attack, even in patients who have suffered one previously.
In fact, it could even be encouraged.
Scientists behind the study revealed that intercourse is only a “moderate” activity, equivalent to a brisk walk, or climbing two cases of stairs.
They compared sexual activity with rates of heart attack, stroke and heart disease in 536 heart patients, all aged between 30 and 70.
They looked at whether there was any relationship between sex and the patient’s first heart attack – and then at links with subsequent problems.
Over a ten year period, absolutely no correlation was found between sex and heart problems.
Professor Dietrich Rothenbacher, from the University of Ulm in Germany, who worked on the report, said: “Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack.
“Less than half of men and less than a third of women are getting information about sexual activity after a heart attack from their doctors. It is important to reassure patients that they need not be worried and should resume their usual sexual activity.
The Irish Heart Foundation recommend that you can have sex again two to four weeks after a heart attack. However, they say it's important to remember that people differ widely in when they feel ready to resume sexual intercourse.
Usually if you feel fit enough to walk up two flights of stairs, you should be physically able to have sex.