Espedilla: Unexpected heart attack triggers (part 7)

Dr. Fritz Espedilla

(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to Lira of LMPI regarding her query on unexpected heart attack triggers.)

DEAR Lira of LMPI,

Now, here are more of the lists of unexpected heart attack triggers that are seemingly unimaginable.


Did I surprise you? Sex is a form of physical activity that is tantamount to exercise. This same footing as sweating out would now put someone in an increased risk in heart attack. But don’t be afraid because as long as you are fit and healthy, the risk is so scanty that you cannot afford to hide in fear.

Most of the people in the world would see sex as something that plays an important role in their relationship and an important part of their lives. Of course if you think you have concerns about this, be sure to see your doctor fast. Don’t ever try going to the emergency room just because you suffered a heart attack while enjoying sex in its glories. It’s something that is not just catastrophic; it would be appalling to the senses.

Just as I have always reminded my listeners and my readers, if you want to be healthy, be sexy and if you want to be sexy, be healthy. Follow that and there’s soooo little room for sex to cause that heart attack you are anxious of.


It is not a surprise that playing sports can trigger a heart attack. But, do you know that watching sports can cause a heart attack, too? Let me quote some statistics for you to believe me. In 2006, there were a lot of heart attacks that were registered in Germany when their team played during the World Cup soccer games. Here’s more: after the 1980 Super Bowl, fatal heart attacks spiked in Los Angeles, California after the Rams lost in their quest. But after the L.A. Raiders won in 1984, the heart attacks dived down.

The moral of the story: Don’t get too affected with the games you are watching. Whatever is the result, just chill and relax. It’s just another day.

Here we go again, as much as I wanted to talk more of the tips and tricks of the trade to help you in your fight against these unexpected heart attack triggers but, we are losing space this time so let me then continue this in my next issue. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o SunStar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)