The heart is a vital organ and one of the most important organs in your body. It is a muscle that pumps blood to all parts of your body. The blood pumped by your heart provides your body the oxygen and nourishment it needs to keep you healthy and alive.
Due to the very crucial function the heart performs, it should be properly taken care of. To take care of your heart, you should carefully watch the things that you consume and your lifestyle. Another very important way you can protect your heart is to practice safe sex.
Safe sex involves protecting yourself from STIs by wearing a condom during sexual activity and also engaging in a sexual activity that is free from force, harmful practices and activities.
Stories of people, especially men, who die during or after sexual activity abound; the fact is while sex is intended to bring pleasure and has been found to provide some benefits, it can nevertheless kill. Sadly, rape victims also sometimes die after the intense and forceful sexual act.
These are some of the things you should know about how sexual activity affects the heart:
- Sexual activity is a form of exercise; the blood pressure increases, typically during sex and normalizes afterwards. This is almost equivalent to having a brisk run. For someone suffering from a cardiovascular disease, this increase in blood pressure can lead to a heart attack. Some people who have cardiovascular disease may not be aware because they do not experience any symptoms
- In otherwise healthy persons, intense and rough sexual intercourse can lead to death. This is partly due to the sudden burst of the intense physical activity. This is especially true for people who do not exercise and are therefore not accustomed to that level of physical exertion
- Sexual activity, although can pose a risk, has been found to provide certain benefits to the heart. These benefits include: reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, and stress alleviation
The importance of safe sex practices can never be over-emphasized. In long-term, loving relationships accidents, including death rarely occur during sexual activity. Several reports reveal that in almost all the cases of death during sexual activity, the partners involved were not married couples. Be faithful to your partner and each time you engage in sexual activity, ensure it is practiced safely.