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Sex after a heart attack

Sex after a heart attack

Many adults with heart disease—or who’ve suffered a past heart attack—are less sexually active than they used to be. Some even stop having sex completely, often fearing that sex may trigger another heart attack. However, for most people it is still possible to enjoy an active sex life with heart disease.

A recent study was carried out among 10,000 people who have sex once a week. It was discovered that only two or three will experience another heart attack.  Their risk of dying during sex is extremely low.

  • Check with your doctor before resuming sexual activity.
  • Participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program to improve your fitness.
  • If you can exercise hard enough to work up a light sweat without triggering symptoms, you should be safe to have sex.
  • Wait to have sex if you have advanced heart failure, severe valve disease, uncontrolled arrhythmia, unstable angina, unstable or severe heart disease.
  • Once your condition is under control, ask your doctor when it’s safe to resume sexual activity.
  • Source: Harvard Medical School

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