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Sex and Cardiovascular Health

Sex can be good for your cardiovascular health.

Sex gets your heart beating and your blood pumping.  And many consider sex to be another fun form of exercise.

It’s possible that the more sex you have, the lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, at least for men.

In January 2010, the American Journal of Cardiology published a study that looked at sex and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers followed 1,165 men for an average of 16 years. When the study began, none of the men had cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease.

The researchers discovered that the men who had sex once a month or less had a 45% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease than men who had sex at least 2 or 3 times a week.

The study did not include women.

Some people worry that having sex increases their risk of heart attack.

While this is true in some cases, the risk is still very small.  Also, the risk increases only for a couple of hours after having sex. After this time period, there generally is no increased risk.

According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this risk goes down for people who exercise - or have sex - more frequently.

However, if you have cardiovascular disease or you’re concerned whether sex is safe for you, talk to your doctor.