Sex After A Heart Attack
Understanding Heart Disease
Resuming Sex After a Heart Attack
- Talk to your partner about your feelings. If you are anxious about having sex again, it is important that your partner knows this. The two of you can work together and decide the right time to resume sexual activity.
- When you do feel ready, slowly ease into having sex again.
- Sex should be stress-free. Pick a time when you and your partner are relaxed. Also, choose a place that is peaceful and free of interruptions.
- Take your medicines as prescribed.
- Note: If you are man and take an erectile dysfunction medicine, like sildenafil (Viagra), make sure your doctor knows about this. These medicines are generally safe if you have a stable heart condition, but they can interact with other drugs, like nitrates.
- If you are a women who has not gone through menopause, make sure you use an effective birth control.
- Watch for cardiac symptoms, like chest pain, clammy skin, nausea, and weakness.
- If you are having sexual problems (eg, painful intercourse in women), discuss this with your doctor. Your sexual health is part of your overall well-being, so it important that you do not ignore these symptoms.
American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org/
National Institute on Aging http://www.nia.nih.gov/
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca/home/
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 06/13/2012 -