03:08pm Monday 24 February 2020

Advise heart patients on how to return to a healthy sex life

Couple in bed

Those who received guidance on sexual activity after suffering a heart attack were one and a half times more likely to return to a healthy and happy sex life.

Natasha Stewart, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “This research highlights the need for doctors to tackle topics that can often cause embarrassment for patients, such as sexual activity after a heart attack.

“By including information about sex in the rehabilitation process, doctors can make sure people are fully informed about how best to return to their normal activities.

“However, there are many factors that may complicate things, such as circulation problems or some heart medicines. If you have any questions, you should talk to your GP or cardiac rehabilitation team who can offer advice and support.”

This study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

British Heart Foundation is a registered Charity No. 225971.

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