We’ve seen it in the movies and laughed at the jokes. Some of us may even consider it a rather pleasurable way to die. But what exactly are the chances of dying from a heart attack while having sex really?
A meta-study surveying previous research on this topic was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in March. The authors found that sexual intercourse can indeed trigger dangerous cardiac events and sudden heart attacks and that the chances of these happening are dramatically increased for as much as two hours after sex, especially for people with less than active sex lives. Interestingly they found that emotional factors and not just physical ones may also contribute to the risk of suffering a heart attack during sex.