Sex can seem to be too physically demanding and exhausting for a heart patient or for someone, who had a heart attack. This is not the correct view though as only 1% second heart attacks are caused by overexertion due to sex. So, the question is how to decide whether it is ok to have sex when you have had a heart attack?
It’s a fact that sex is a workout, thus, doctors ask patients to abstain from physical intimacy after a heart disease. You may get an approval from your doctor, if you can withstand the cardiac workout. Peter Schlegel, MD, chairman of urology at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has said that the concern is if somebody has absolutely no physical activity, then sexual activity may cause a problem on patient’s health. Patients, who can handle the stairs or walk continuously at least for six minutes on the treadmill, should be okay with sexual activity as well.
Vincent Bufalino, MD, a cardiologist at the American Heart Association and president and CEO of Midwest Heart Specialists said that he always encourage people to stay physically and sexually active. He asks his patients to pass a stress test to ensure that they are comfortable with physical workouts, such as play tennis, or go for a light jog around the block.
Consider the following before getting back to the old ways of having sex:
Harry Fisch, MD, urologist at Columbia University, and author of Size Matters said that sex also gives heart patients a good incentive to alter their lifestyle patterns, because what's bad for the heart is bad for their sexual health also.
Sex after a heart attack has never been mentioned as a no-no by the medical professionals, but some cases have occurred when people have suffered the second attack. Since they are not too many, you can go ahead with some caution perhaps.
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