Sex after heart attack may boost survival, study claims

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Those who maintained or increased sexual activity during the first six months of recovery were found to have a 35% lower risk of death compared to those who abstained.
While heart attack survivors may be wary about hopping back in the saddle too soon after recovery, new research out of Israel suggests that getting back into your regular sex routine may actually help boost survival.

A team of researchers analyzed data of 500 sexually active people aged 65 and under who were hospitalized for a heart attack in 1992 or 1993. The patient population had a median age of 53 and about 90% were male. About 43% of patients died during the following 22 years, according to the data, but those who maintained or increased sexual activity during the first six months of recovery were found to have a 35% lower risk of death compared to those who abstained.

Additionally, they found an apparent association between sexual activity and a reduction in non-cardiovascular mortality such as cancer.

"Sexuality and sexual activity are the markers of well-being," Yariv Gerber, lead researcher and head of the School of Public Health at Tel Aviv University, said, in a press release. "Resumption of sexual activity soon after a heart attack may be a part of one's self-perception as a healthy, functioning, young and energetic person. This may lead to a healthier lifestyle generally."

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