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Sexual Counseling after Heart Attack

Jan 27, 2015

A month later, they told the researchers about the type of counseling they received from their doctor after their heart attack, including any recommendations on sex, if any.

About 54% of the women and 63% of the men had started having sex again within a month after their heart attack, but sex was less frequent than it had been in the previous year.

In that month, only 12% of the women and 19% of the men had been counseled about sexual activity by their doctor. Most of the patients thought it was “appropriate” for a doctor to bring up the subject and most said they’d feel comfortable talking about it.

Experiences differed depending on the location.

In Spain, doctors were more likely to start a discussion about sex after heart attack. It was also more common for women to be given restrictions about their sexual activity when compared to men.

In the U.S., starting a conversation about sex was usually up to the patient. Also, women were less likely to be given restrictions than men.

Overall, less counseling was given to women, older patients, and those who were not sexually active at the start of the study.

The researchers were concerned about the content of the recommendations as well. Patients were often told to limit their sexual activities, to take a more passive role, and to watch their heart rate.


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