Sexual activity is a part of a healthy life. However, heart disease patients usually wonder whether sex has any effect on their disease and on the contrary. According to American Heart Association, it can be safe for people whose heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, has stabilized to have sex. However, some may have concerns about having sex, while others find it hard to enjoy or have sex.
Is Sex Exercise?
The answer is yes. When you have sex, it is actually like you are participating mild to moderate exercise. Therefore, if you are able to do a brisk walking, you can definitely return to sex. Or, if you are able to climb two flights of stair with no symptoms, like chest pain, occurring, then you can have sex normally.
Engaging in an average sexual encounter will not burn your daily calories. In particular, having an average sex (around 5 to 15 minutes) is equal to walking in 20 minutes.
Is Sex Good for Your Heart?
Of course. A study unveils, for instance, that men who have sex only one time, or less, a month are more likely to develop heart disease than men who participated sexual activity two times a week (or more). This study does not prove that sex can prevent cardiovascular disease, but it indicates that sex plays an important role in our healthy lifestyle.
Sex and Heart Disease
Here below are things that you should keep in your mind if you are diagnosed with heart disease:
- Ask for a full assessment from your doctor before you are officially back to sex
- If you have had heart failure or a heart attack, cardiac rehabilitation and frequent physical activity can decrease the risk of complications pertaining to sexual activity
- If sexual dysfunction occurs, talk to your doctor to see whether it is the result of some heart disease or other factors.
When Is It Safe to Return to Sex?
If you have just been diagnosed with a heart attack, or undergone heart surgery, you should consult with your doctor to know the appropriate time that you can resume sexual activity.
In some cases, sex should be avoided for a time, especially if you suffer from heart problems and experience symptoms, such as chest pain, when participating physical activity. Stay away from sex until you treat your symptoms fully. In case you have just undergone a surgery on your heart, wait for the incision to heal completely before you resume sex.
Heart problems can lead to physical changes that are likely to give rise to sexual problems. Some may have less interest in sex than they used to, for example. Men may suffer from erectile dysfunction, while women experience symptoms like vaginal dryness. In this case, you should make an appointment with your doctor to receive treatments that suit you most. Doctors can recommend you a couple of medicines for these sexual problems.
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