Alright, let’s do it; let’s talk about how sex can promote better heart health. While it’s not regularly talked about, the benefits are pretty wide-ranging. From increasing blood flow to lowering stress levels.
Not only that, but studies have also shown that men who have sex at least twice per week decrease their likelihood of having a heart attack. And the same goes for women who disclose they’re satisfied with their sex lives.1
Before we talk about the benefits of sex, let’s first address this frequently asked question. Because many who suffer from heart conditions are nervous that sex could cause a heart attack. And this is because sex does increase heart rate.
While any physical activity (including sex) could increase your risk of heart attack, so long as your heart condition is stable, the risk is minor. In fact, sex doesn’t increase your odds of heart attack any more than a brisk walk, a jog, or a walk up the stairs would.1
So, if your doctor has OK’d you for these activities, and you feel comfortable engaging in them, then you’re likely equally safe having sex. Of course, if you’re at all concerned, we always recommend speaking with your doctor.
If you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or arrhythmia, you should abstain from sex and all other moderate to high intensity physical activities until you’ve been checked and cleared by a doctor. (Just to be on the safe side.)
Okay, now for the good stuff…