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Sex Will Not Cause A Heart Attack: Study

09/21/2015 12:29 EDT | Updated 09/21/2015 12:59 EDT

Heart attack patients often worry about whether sexual activity can trigger another heart event, but a research letter published on Monday reveals they have little to worry about.

Researchers studied 536 heart disease patients between the ages of 30 and 70, evaluating their sexual activity in the 12 months leading up to a heart attack, which allowed them to estimate the relationship between frequency of sexual activity and future fatal heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death.

They concluded that sexual activity — which they likened to moderate physical activity such as a brisk walk or climbing two staircases — was not a risk factor for subsequent adverse cardiovascular events.

The research letter was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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