For many people with heart disease, sex is something that brings up concern and worry. But new research suggests no apparent relationship between sexual activity and heart attacks. In fact, researchers say that the majority of heart disease patients should be able to resume their sex lives without worrying about it triggering a heart attack.
According to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, sexual activity was not found to increase the odds of suffering a cardiac event afterwards.
“Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack,” lead author Dietrich Rothenbacher, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chair of the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University in Germany, said in a press release.
He went on to say that heart disease patients should not be worried and should be able to resume regular sexual activity.
The study included over 500 patients with heart disease between the ages of 30 and 70. After reviewing the responses of a self-reported questionnaire, researchers found that just 0.7 percent of participants reported having had sex within an hour of a heart attack.
Researchers add that sexual activity is generally associated with a moderate level of physical activity. This translates to roughly the same exertion it takes to climb two staircases or take a brisk walk.
According to the National Institutes of Health, people who’ve suffered from a heart attack should wait at least two weeks before having sex.