We all know that an affair can have devastating effects on a marriage. It breaks the trust between spouses, causese damage to the self esteem of the non-cheating spouse, creates a sense of instability in the relationship and causes a ripple effect of problems that can permeate a marriage for years.
But now, researchers have found that having an affair can cause a heart attack and kill you!
New warnings come from a team of researchers from the University of Florence who came upon some interesting statistics while studying men. Using terms like 'unfaithfulness', 'extramarital affair', 'infidelity' and 'men', they analyzed the frequencey and conditions associated with heart attacks in men and found that both fatal and non-fatal heart attacks were rare when a man was having sex with his wife but were significantly more likely if he was with a mistress.
While the causes were unclear, it's believed that the stresses of carrying on an affair with an often younger woman were to blame along with the strain of keeping the affair a secret. Guilt also played a part. Scientist found that men often feel more guilty when they cheat which can cause an increase in blood pressure.
Blocked arteries were responsible for more than a third of the deaths and researchers noted that sexual demands and extra-marital activities often caused the fatty plaque built up in the arteries to rupture.
A German study concluded that most men who died of a heart attack while having sex were cheating and meeting away from the home. We've all heard the jokes about the older man who is cheating with a young woman and dies in the act but it's clear that there is some truth to the story. A 67 year old man from El Paso, Texas recently had a heart attack and died while receiving a lap dance at a strip club.
"Extramarital sex may be hazardous and stressful because the lover is often younger than the primary partner and probably sex occurs more often following excessive drinking and/or eating," Researcher Dr. Alessandra Fisher said in the study.
This news is likely to cause eyebrows to raise and smirks to spread across the faces of scorned women. Studies show that during the course of a man's life, he has a 50-50 chance of straying. This new data may cause many men to take pause when considering an affair.
There is much more at stake now than losing a wife. He must now consider whether an affair is worth losing his life too.