Are you accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle? If you are planning to adopt a workout regime, then beware, because a new study suggests that sudden spurt of moderate to intense workouts might lead to a heart attack. Occasional sexual activities are equally bad for your heart.
The association between physical and sexual activities and heart attack or sudden cardiac death risk was revealed in a Tufts Medical Center, in Boston, study. Although, earlier studies had linked risk of heart attack to sudden burst of physical activities, for the first time researchers have quantified the risk.
Researchers reviewed fourteen previous published studies on the association between heart attack or sudden cardiac death and exercises and sex. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that during physical activities a person is 3.5 times more likely to suffer a heart attack and almost five times more likely to experience sudden cardiac death.
The study further showed that during sexual activities a person has 2.7 times higher risk of having a heart attack. Data that links sexual activities to sudden cardiac death is unavailable.
However, exercises and sex increase heart attack and sudden cardiac death risk for a short period – for an hour or two during and after the activities. Moreover, compared to people who exercise occasionally, people who exercise regularly have a lower risk of experiencing heart attack during physical activities. In regular exercisers, for every additional exercising time the relative risk of experiencing a heart attack falls by almost forty-five per cent and the sudden cardiac death risk declines by thirty per cent.
The absolute risk of dying during physical activities and sex is quite small. Researchers speculate that one out of a million people might actually experience a heart attack during sexual activity.
If workouts are not part of your daily routine, you can still exercise and keep your heart in good health. Instead of shying away from a workout regime, initiate an exercise program slowly, preferably under the guidance of an expert. Increase the intensity of the physical activities gradually and you can enjoy exercise and sex without harming your heart.