You know those movie scenes where someone has a heart attack during sex? It’s not that it can’t happen, but it’s not as common as you’d think. In fact, sex can actually improve heart health in those with active heart disease!
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Disease That’s Not for the Faint of Heart
Heart disease happens, and it is extremely important to catch it early and be proactive about maintaining good health—including having a healthy sex life.
The Basic Facts of Heart Disease:
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States—all genders and race included.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.
- About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—damage to the heart occurs, but the person is unaware of it.
- High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking are the key risk factors for heart disease.
How Does Sex Impact Heart Health?
Knockin’ boots can have many wonderful health benefits on your heart, even if you actively struggle with a heart condition.
The American Heart Association says that sex rarely causes heart attacks, though it is still advised to wait until your condition is stable before getting jiggy with it.
If you’ve recently had a heart attack or heart-related procedure, here are some tips:
- Sex is usually a mild to moderate activity. If you can climb two flights of stairs without pain or shortness of breath, then you should be okay to resume sexual activity.
- If you’ve had surgery, wait until you’re healed (about 6-8 weeks), and don’t put any weight your chest.
- Avoid sex after eating a large and heavy meal, drinking alcohol, or when you’re really fatigued or dehydrated.
The truth? Sex might help you live longer.
When you’re having sex, it raises your heart rate (helloooo cardio), and keeps your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance. Keeping these hormones in check helps prevent bone and heart disease in men and women. Research in men showed that those who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as men who rarely had sex.
Let’s meet the feel-good hormone: Oxytocin.
When you cuddle, hug, or are sexually intimate with someone you love; your body releases a hormone called oxytocin that makes you calm, relaxed, and happy. This hormone allows your body to sleep and respond to stress, two things that are linked to poor heart health if not managed properly.
The moral of the story? Have lots of sex, hug your loved ones, and put down the cigarettes. Your heart health demands it.
Heart Condition Management
Heart conditions happen, but there are methods and solutions in place to help you manage them:
- Adopt a nutrient dense diet that is low in saturated fat- like the Mediterranean diet.
- Give yoga and meditation a try for stress management.
- Quitting smoking and limiting the use of alcohol.
- Be sure to include cardiovascular, such as jogging or power-walking at least 3 times a week.
- Make sex part of your routine—1 or 2 times a week.
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