When you reach a “certain age,” sex is no longer something you take for granted. It’s something you sometimes have to plan for, and sometimes you need to even ask your doctor if you are healthy enough to have it.
If you are over the age of 50, you may have some questions about your heart health and sex that are fairly common. Let’s answer some of them now.
Q: Is Sex Really a Cardio Workout?
A: Well, that obviously depends on the person and how much… effort… they are able to put into it. The average sexual encounter last between 5 and 20 minutes. So in a way, you could consider this a light-to-moderate cardio workout, equal to say taking a walk or doing chores around the house. If your doctor has told you your heart is healthy enough, then it can actually benefit from the light cardio workout sex gives it.
Q: What are Your odds of Having a Heart Attack During Sex?
A: While there can be instances where a man may have a cardiac event during sex, the chances are very low, like 1% low for healthy people and less than 10% for people that do have cardiovascular disease. While it is important that you speak with your own doctor to get the green light for sex, once given that green light, you should feel pretty confident that you are healthy enough to “get the job done.”
Q: When Should You Absolutely NOT Have Sex?
A: If your doctor has given you the green light for sex it’s still important that you pay attention to how you feel while having it. If at any time you become physically uncomfortable while having sex, it’s important to stop. Signs to look for:
- Shortness of breath unrelated to the activity
- Chest pain or tightness
Should you experience any of these, it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor.
How Healthy is Your Heart?
Now that we’ve gotten some of the most common questions out of the way, let’s look at a few ways you can tell the health of your heart. Obviously, getting checked out by your physician is the NUMBER ONE way to know how healthy your heart currently is. That goes without saying.
But sometimes men need a push to even make that appointment. The following are some ways you can tell if your heart is healthy or not, and if it’s time to see your doctor to determine if your heart can handle some steamy sex.
Climb Two Flights of Stairs
One of the easiest and quickest ways to see if your heart is actually healthy enough for sex is to climb two flights of stairs. You don’t have to run up them or skip every other step, just see if you can actually do it without stopping and catching your breath. If not, it’s time to make an appointment to see your doctor.
A Mile in 20 Minutes
Another good indicator is whether or not you can walk a mile in 20 minutes or less. So get on a treadmill or find a school track and give it a try. Again, you are trying to see if you can walk the mile not only in 20 minutes or less but also without stopping.
How is Your Energy Level?
One of the symptoms of cardiovascular health is fatigue. When everything else checks out health-wise for you, you’re eating right, getting plenty of sleep but still feel tired most of the time, it may be an indicator that your heart is not as healthy as you’d like.
Do You Suffer from Erectile Dysfunction?
Studies have shown a definite link between heart health and erection health. If you have been suffering from ED lately, it may be an indication that your heart health could use some improving.
The moral of the story is, if you are over the age of 40 and you suspect your heart may not be as healthy as it should be, it’s best to get a full physical exam. If your doctor gives you the green light for sex, you should feel free to have fun without worrying you are going to have a heart attack.
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