Infarction: preserve your sex life to increase your chances of survival

Having sex more than once a week when having an infarction reduces the risk of death by 27%.

To blossom in one's sex life allows one to live longer. According to Israeli researchers, people who have suffered a heart attack have a greater chance of survival if they are sexually active. The study was published in The American Journal of Medicine.

The more we make love, the less we risk dying

1,120 people were recruited to participate in the study. All had been hospitalized after an acute myocardial infarction between 1992 and 1993. They provided information about their sex life at the time of their hospitalization, and then between 10 and 13 years later. Researchers found an inverse link between sexual activity and the risk of death: the more people had an active sex life, the less likely they were to die. Participants who had more than one weekly sexual intercourse in the year preceding their infarction had a 27% lower risk of death compared to those who did not have any at all during this period.

A sex life that can decrease with the years

At the beginning of the study, 42% of participants had sex at least once a week, and 6% had no more intimate life at all. After ten years, the rates rose to 21% for the first and 27% for the second. Some factors are associated with this decline in sexual activity: older age, being a woman, non-cardiac health problems, or lack of a stable partner. Not everyone is affected by the degradation of sex life. In France, a study of Terre des Séns shows that 45.6% of over 50s are satisfied with their sex life. For more than 64% of them, the aging of the body has had no impact on sexuality.

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