Most heart disease and stroke patients whose conditions are stable can safely have sex, says a new study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
According to the study authors, the risk of having a cardiovascular event while on the job is "miniscule" because sexual activity is so short in duration. (Ouch . . .)
"With some reasonable common-sense precautions, the vast majority of people with heart conditions can enjoy very satisfying and high-quality sex lives," says cardiologist Dr Anthony Steimle.
To make sure you can still get the most from your sex life after a heart scare, follow these guidelines below:
- Your heart condition is stable
- You’ve consulted your doctor
- You can walk up a couple of flights of stairs
- You’re not taking erectile dysfunction medication if you’re also receiving nitrate treatment
The study authors also noted that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications related to sexual activity in men who who have had heart failure. (Use these training guides to ease you back into your training program.)
However, it’s not all good news for frisky heart patients. Despite the study authors finding that less than one per cent of heart attacks happen during sex, a whopping 75 per cent of those who did croak while getting it on were engaging in extramarital activity.Your takeout: see your doc before getting back in the saddle - and make sure it’s your own.