Doctors to Heart Attack Survivors: Have Sex!

Getting busy post-cardiac incident won't kill you, probably
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2010 11:49 AM CDT
Doctors to Heart Attack Survivors: Have Sex!
Okay, fine, so these don't exactly look like heart attack survivors. Are you complaining?   (Shutterstock)

No matter what you've seen on TV, it is really unlikely you will have sex so mind-blowing that you have a heart attack and die. A disturbing number of people—33% of men and 60% of women—abstain from sex in the year following a heart attack, researchers revealed today at an American Heart Association forum, but doctors say that's completely unnecessary. In fact, they encourage patients to do the horizontal mambo, LiveScience reports, because it's decent exercise.

“The likelihood of dying during sexual intercourse, even among people who have had a heart attack, is really small,” said the lead researcher. “If you can walk up two flights of stairs or do moderate exercise, then it's OK to have sex.” (Read more sex stories.)

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