Coronaries tend to have a "deflating" effect on the libido, but- experts agree – it’s OK to "get excited" about sex after a heart attack!
Warning: SEX causes a rise in heart rate and induces excessive sweating!
Unfortunately – so does a heart attack. Therein lies the problem.
Many post-coronary patients decide to just not indulge in sex rather than risk putting their hearts on the (flat) line again – but, experts agree – these measures are extreme, unnecessary, and only result in further depression and a lowered quality of life!
The heart of the matter is that – in the overwhelming majority of cases – nooky is cardiovascularly healthy!
Sex should be seen simply as a more-pleasant-than-usual light workout – and cardiologists agree that if you can perform the latter – YOU CAN PERFORM!
It just takes a little time. A little patience. A little courage.
And a little heart!
It is only human to fear over-exertion after a heart attack or surgery. It is a terrifying life-changing event that throws ones life upside down, inside out – and often brings one face to face with ones own mortality!
Its important to rememberr that the experts equate the exertion involved with having sex as equal to that of walking up a couple flights of stairs! It’s on the YES list!
“The chance of another heart attack during sex is so low that it’s not worth worrying about” writes Dr. J. E. Muller – author of the study; “Triggering of Cardiac Events by Sexual Activity,” published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2000. “It’s just not as big a deal as most think.”
Here are a few things to remember…
- Assuming no serious complications – most can safely resume sexual activity just a couple of weeks after a heart attack. Surgery will extend the time-frame only a few more weeks. Your Doctor will let you know!
- Proceed gradually but with no fear.
- Wait a few hours after eating so the heart is not otherwise engaged in aiding and abetting the digestive process.
- Erectile dysfunction drugs do not mix well with nitroglycerin.
- Beta blockers can cause sexual dysfunction and depression in both sexes.
- Certain high risk patients should refrain from sex until the Doctor gives them the OK!
- STOP! If there is chest pain or shortness or breath – NOT heavy breathing!
Life is for living!
Don’t let fear get in the way of living it!
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