Cheating Might Give You A Heart Attack: Study
That's TWO Broken Hearts
A married man who gives his heart to another woman might not get it back. A new study shows that extramarital sex may trigger a heart attack.
A study sponsored by the American Heart Association found that, while "the risk of heart attack during sexual activity is about 2-3 times higher than during periods when one isn't engaging in sexual activity," men who were doing it with someone other than their wives had a higher chance of suffering cardiac arrest.
The study's lead researcher, Dr. Glenn Levine, a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, reviewed over 5,500 cases of sudden death and found that 0.6 of them ocurred during sexual intercourse.
Of that 0.6 percent, around 90 percent were male, and 75 percent were having extramarital sex. The report says the majority of death-while-cheating cases involved food and alcohol consumption, as well as a younger partner.
The study seems to suggest that, while the stress of sex (or any physical activity) already puts a strain on your heart, the added excitement, paranoia and guilt of sex outside the marriage could put a bum ticker over the edge.
Still, Dr. Levine is quick to point out that the study's small sample size makes it nearly impossible to truly put a number on how dangerous cheating might be. And it's not exactly something his patients want to talk about.
"Without being sarcastic," he said, "I really can state that I have not ever had a patient who asked me about the cardiac risks of an extramarital affair."