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?
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