It is understood that people with heart disease and their partners may have concerns about their sex life.
However, many people with a heart condition continue to enjoy sex and many people who have had treatment for their heart conditions are able to return to their sex life.
Like any other physical activity, having sex can temporarily increase the heart rate and blood pressure. This increases the work of heart and in people with coronary heart disease may temporarily lead to chest pain and breathlessness. However sex is just as safe as other equally energetic forms of physical activity or exercise.
If you have had a heart attack and had an uncomplicated recovery you can usually start sexual activity when you feel comfortable to do so—usually after about 4 weeks.
However, some couples may not feel ready after this time and prefer to wait longer.
If you had a heart attack, after you have recovered sexual activity presents no greater risk of triggering another heart attack.
If you had a heart surgery, you can have sex as soon as you feel you have recovered. For most of the people this is within few weeks but some people prefer to wait longer. Be careful about the chest wound.
To reduce the chance of angina symptoms during sex:
- Start your sexual activity after 4 weeks of recovery.
- Avoid sex after heavy meal.
- Try not to be too energetic in the start of the activity.
- If you have NTG spray, keep it nearby, if you need it.
Loss of sex drive is common after heart attack. So do not worry. Some men experience impotence after heart attack. This may be result of emotional stress. Sometimes this may be because of certain medicines like B-blockers which affect your sex drive.
Impotence is a common problem, so if you have problem talk to your doctor or Cardiac rehabilitation consultant.
If you have a heart condition and if you are taking medicines for your heart condition you should be cautious about taking PDE-5 inhibitors such as “Viagra”.
Always check with your doctor beforehand.