Sex poses heart at­tack risk

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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