Sex poses heart attack risk
SEX and exercise can trigger heart attacks in older people who don’t get much of either, a new analysis finds.
People who exercise regularly have a much smaller risk of having a heart attack immediately after sexual or physical activity, said lead author Dr Issa Dahabreh of Tufts Medical Centre in Boston.
‘‘ It would be really bad if someone thought our paper means people should not exercise,’’ Dr Dahabreh said. ‘‘ If anything, it’s the opposite.’’ The analysis, in yesterday’s Journal of the American Medical Association, combined results from 14 studies involving more than 6000 patients.
The studies involved only people who’d had heart attacks or had died suddenly from a heart problem. The studies looked at what the people were doing during the hour or two before their heart attacks and compared that to the same people’s activity on normal days with no major heart problems.