Study: Sex, Exercise Can Triple Your Risk Of Heart Attack For Sedentary

If you ever find yourself sitting bored and alone on a weekend and feel guilty that you’re not out trying to find romance or at least getting a workout in, take comfort in the knowledge that at least you’re keeping your heart safe.

Sky News Online reports a study led by a Tufts University professor found that sedentary subjects who were exercising were 3.5 times more likely to suffer heart attacks or sudden cardiac death than those who were not. Sex was less risky, making subjects 2.7 times more likely to suffer literal heartbreak. The researchers found the results by looking at 14 other studies that examined the links between sex, exercise and cardiac problems.

A Tufts researcher said the relative risk of fatal heart problems after exercise or sex for those who did not exercise regularly is small:

“If you take 1,000 people, each individual session of physical or sexual activity per week can be associated with an increase of 1 to 2 cases of heart attack or sudden cardiac death per year.”

Sex Can Kill You, According To US Study [Sky News Online]