Let’s face it, having a heart attack doesn’t JUST knock you off your game. For many folks, it knocks you right OUT of the game altogether.
If you’ve had a heart attack and been afraid to resume “doing the deed,” you’re not alone. It’s a common fear. And for good reason.
After all, it’s logical to worry about vigorous activity being stressful for your heart after what you’ve gone through. It’s the same reason many folks make the mistake of retiring to their easy chairs and dropping exercise after a heart attack, too.
But I’ve got great news. It turns out not only is sex NOT off-limits after a heart attack, but you might want to spend MORE time in bed with your other half.
Because new research finds there may be little need to worry about the activity triggering another heart attack. In fact, it could even help you live LONGER.
Sex after a heart attack could reduce death risk
The new study out of Israel finds that resuming regular rolls in the hay in the months after a heart attack is associated with better long term survival.
The researchers aren’t exactly sure WHY that’s the case yet. But they have a good hunch. I’ll get to that in just a moment. First, let’s take a look at how the link was discovered.
For the study, the team took a deep dive into data from nearly 500 sexually active folks who had ended up in the hospital for a heart attack in 1992 or 1993.
As they dug through the 22 or so years of data on each of the victims, they spotted a pattern. The folks who had maintained or increased their bedroom romps during the first six months after their heart attack had something HUGE in common.
They had a 35 percent lower risk of death than their fellow heart attack survivors who avoided certain bedroom activities. But that wasn’t the only surprise.
When the researchers dug deeper, they found it was NON-heart related deaths, such as from cancer, that the frequent sex appeared to reduce.
A positive attitude could save your life
So the big question on your mind is likely the same one that was on mine. And that’s WHY?
Well, as I mentioned earlier, the researchers have a good hunch. They think that at least part of the benefit could boil down to attitude. They believe that the folks who return to their intimate activities after a heart attack end up perceiving themselves as healthier and more energetic.
And that positive attitude could act as a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. It could lead them to make other healthier lifestyle choices like that exercise I mentioned.
(I recently wrote about one post-heart attack activity that could reduce your death risk by 40 percent. Click here to catch up.)
In other words, it may not be that sex directly extends life. But rather that the feel-good after effects have a rippling influence that does.
Plus, don’t forget, physical activity can reduce your risk of heart problems over time. And yes, regular rolls in the hay can count. Heck, now that we know it could help extend life, I wouldn’t be surprised if docs started prescribing it to their recovering heart attack patients.
Now here’s the thing. Everyone is different. And while this study did include folks up to 65, there weren’t many older seniors represented. That means more research will be needed. So it’s a good idea to check in with your doc about ANY activities you’re concerned about, including sex.
But one thing is for sure. Attitude counts. A positive outlook and a good… and intimate… relationship with your significant other can go a long way towards helping you recover from a heart attack and live longer.