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Posted by DougW ( on December 04, 2000 at 18:57:31:

The latest from Medscape Health News, important information if you want to live longer.
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Regular Sexual Activity Halves Men's Risk of CVD Event

SYDNEY (Reuters Health) Nov 28 - Men can halve their risk of myocardial infarction or stroke by having sex three or four times a week, a British cardiologist said on Tuesday.

At the fourth World Stroke Congress in Melbourne, Dr. Shah Ebrahim of the University of Bristol reported on an epidemiologic study of 2,400 healthy men in the Welsh town of Caerphilly. One of the questions asked was whether the subjects had sex once, twice or three or more times a week.

"What was found when the men were followed up over the next 10 years was that those who'd had three or more orgasms a week were half as likely to have had a heart attack or a stroke," Dr. Ebrahim said by telephone from the meeting.

The results, he said, should force physicians to reevaluate the type of exercise that is necessary to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

"In the past we thought it had to be activity at least three times a week and lasting 20 minutes or longer, causing sweatiness or being out of breath," Dr. Ebrahim told Reuters. "We're now moving to a situation where we would say that even mild to moderate levels of physical activity are likely to have some cardiovascular protective effect."

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