Individual Risk Still Small
Having sex or exercising can almost triple your risk of heart attack for hours, particularly if you don't engage in those activities frequently, say researchers from Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Those who exercise regularly have a smaller increased risk, if any, note researchers. Despite the risk, heart patients shouldn't stop exercising or having sex, reports CNN. While the study did find a near triple risk of heart attack in the hours immediately following sex or exercise, researchers caution that the effect at an individual level is small. The overall risk of suffering from a heart attack after sex or exercise is still only 3 in 1,000,000. The study findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Reduces Chronic Pain
Tai chi, an ancient Chinese practice of slow exercises, breathing and meditation, was found to benefit patients with fibromyalgia, finds a study published in the NE Journal of Medicine. A clinical trial at Tufts Med. Ctr. found that patients with fibromyalgia, who practiced tai chi for 12 weeks, experienced a significantly greater reduction in pain, fatigue and depression than a control group that participated in stretching exercises. Plus, tai chi practitioners sustained benefits three months after their initial evaluation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia, which affects about five million Americans, is difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. These new findings have researchers encouraged although additional studies are recommended.