Is sex dangerous for the heart?

Can sex be originally of myocardial infarction? Rarely, this accident is due to such an activity. However, some experts talk about a doubling of the risk! Not panic, however, the danger remains very low in absolute terms and in most cases, the carnal love is a “practice” activity.

Classically, cardiologists are wary of Monday morning. Numerous epidemiological studies have, in fact, described a number of myocardial infarction more important this day there. This strange phenomenon has been assigned with the change of pace associated with the passage of the weekend the week and stress that accompanies many people home from work. Consumption of alcohol, which is traditionally important weekend in Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian countries, could also play a negative role at this level (the alcohol acting on blood clotting).

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In 2001, a study in Toulouse by the team of Professor Jean Ferrières (INSERM) has however led to conclusions somewhat different1. The researchers analyzed the number of myocardial infarction according to the days of the week, using:
On the one hand on the French mortality figures between 1987 and 1997.

And secondly, on the results of the MONICA study (Monitoring trends and determinants in coronary artery disease), a major international survey put in place several years ago by the World Health (Organization who) Organization in many countries including the France.

The Toulouse researchers examined the number of myocardial infarction that occurred in the Department of Haute-Garonne between 1985 and 1994 and entered into the register of MONICA.

After 54 years, a peak of heart attacks has actually observed on Monday morning. On the other hand, males aged 25-44 years, the number of myocardial infarction was maximum it on Saturday and Sunday, a fact that remains unexplained but which leads the Toulouse researchers to suspect the physical activity (sport, gardening…) and sexual relations. However, lack study conducted in France on this topic, it is impossible to result in evidence today.

1.3% of the myocardial infarction occur after sexual intercourse
A second Swedish study, published in the same journal of Cardiology confirms the influence of sex on the occurrence of myocardial infarction2.

Scientists at the renowned Karolinska Institute, located in the suburbs of Stockholm, have questioned their sexuality all patients first heart attack living in the Swedish capital and the surrounding area who had been hospitalized in emergency between April 1993 and December 1994 — 699 men for three quarters married.