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Friday, March 25, 2011

Sex Increases Heart Attack Risk for Lazy People

Researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston say sedentary people who suddenly have sex or exercise have an increased chance of a heart attack.

Sex Increases Heart Attack Risk for Lazy People

If you sit on your butt most of the time, this news may make you break out in a sweat: Sporadic bursts of sex or exercise can increase the risk of a heart attack.

Dr. Issa Dahabreh and Dr. Jessica Paulus, researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, made this discovery after reviewing 10 studies investigating physical activity, three involving sexual activity and one study that looked at both.

The study, which appears in the latest issue of theJournal of the American Medical Association, came to a painful conclusion: Acute cardiac events were significantly associated with episodic physical and sexual activity.

However, that was only in people who could be classified as "couch potatoes," "lard bottoms" and "lazy bones."

"We want to make that clear," Paulus told AOL News. "The point isn't that sex or exercise is bad, it's that you need to have a regular physical routine."

She emphasized that even among the most sedentary people, the increased risk of cardiac arrest after exercise or sex only lasts one to two hours.

One frustrating aspect of the study: The research didn't go into detail as to what kind of sexual activities are most likely to increase the risk.

One person not surprised by the results is porn actress Nina Hartley, who also is a registered nurse (although her license is currently inactive).

"This lets us know that sex is great exercise, so people should get their heart checked out and start having more sex," she said.

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