As if getting caught wasn’t bad enough, men who cheat on their wives now have another issue to worry about—death. When analyzing the autopsy reports of 5,559 people who died suddenly from heart complications, researchers found that 75 percent of those who croaked during sex were engaging in extramarital sexual activity.
The cause? The report indicated that in most cases the person was either with a younger partner, in an unfamiliar setting, or may have been engaging in sex after excessive food and alcohol consumption.
However, sexual activity was linked to less than 1 percent of the heart attacks in the study, so your overall risk of dying during the deed is quite low.
This not-so-fun fact surfaced from a statement published by the American Heart Association, which was looking into whether or not people with heart problems could safely resume sexual activity after treatment.
The researchers’ conclusion: Patients should be able to resume normal sexual activity after a mild heart attack—as long as they can handle moderate physical activity—according to the report, which was published in the journal Circulation.
Basically, as long as you can walk briskly or go up two flights of stairs without any experiencing any symptoms, then it’s probably safe for you to have sex, says Glenn Levine, M.D., lead study author and professor from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
If you’ve been treated for heart complications such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, or stroke in the past, keep the following recommendations from the American Heart Association in mind.
After a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, get evaluated by your physician or healthcare provider before resuming sexual activity—just to make sure you can handle the moderate physical activity mentioned above.
Those with severe heart disease who have symptoms with minimal activity or while at rest should not be active (sexually or physically) until their cardiovascular disease symptoms are stabilized with appropriate treatment. Drugs that can improve cardiovascular symptoms or survival should not be withheld due to concerns that such drugs may impact sexual function.