New Data on Sex and Heart Attack. What Has Your Doctor Told YOU?!

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-05-30 00:15:34 -0500
Started 2011-03-27 22:40:36 -0500

It may be a delicate subject but one that is part of daily life if you have heart disease. Just what s the risk of heart-related death durting sex? A new analysis of multiple studies on the subject is revealing.

Yes, there is an increased risk of death (about a 3.5-fold relatve risk increase) during sex or any other similar phyiscal activity - but there are a few "catches" in this seeming ominous finding.

1. Although the risk rate appears extremely high the absolute risk (i.e. how many "extra" heart attack deaths actually occur) is still rather small - 2 to 3 per 10,000 person-years of activity.

2. The risk of heart attack death fell dramatically for those engaging in some kind of habitual physical activity. For each additional instance of increased physical activity performed per week, risk of death from heart attack decreased by approximately 45%.

The take-away message here is to get in shape before having sex! That being said, what is your doctor telling you about heart disease and sex?


8 replies

Reever 2011-05-26 00:58:57 -0500 Report

What about with taking a supplement, such as Viagra or Cialis?

HeartHawk 2011-05-30 00:15:34 -0500 Report


Viagra and Cialis are both prescription drugs. You may be thinking about the supplement l-arginine often called "poor man's viagra" as it has a similar effect of stimulating arterial nitric oxide although not as powerfully.


heneye 2011-04-06 10:18:14 -0500 Report

I walk about 60 miles a month, eat right, lost 60lbs and my cardiologist gave the ok for sex. My wife is very anxious about it though. Guess I'll need the MD to speak with her.

HeartHawk 2011-05-30 00:13:47 -0500 Report


Great progress! Definitely have your doc reassure your wife. The last thing you need is worry and even guilt about killing you!


griz104 2011-04-03 09:48:00 -0500 Report

Man oh Man.. All the fun in life is being taken away!! Just when you thought it was ok to swim again you find out Sex kills..Guess this is yet another reason to get off the couch!!

HeartHawk 2011-04-03 15:10:46 -0500 Report


Yes, BUT, note that the risk only rises for the inactive. If you exercise regularly the risk actually drops (that includes during sex). So, exercise regularly, and not JUST between the sheets, lol!

Funny how nature manages to work everything in. Work out and it all "works out!" You WILL be rewarded!