Heart attack still remains one of the most dreaded words in our lives. Though medical science has revolutionised the way heart attacks are managed, the word sends shivers down the spine when a known to or a loved one suffers a heart attack.
Cardiac rehabilitation, changes in eating habits, losing weight, keeping a healthy life style are all on the table after you have suffered a heart attack. Each and all advise you to go easy on life and avoid stress in personal and professional life. One topic that is essentially missed, however, during discussions is sexual activity after heart attack.
Be it men or women of any age, sexual activity is an important aspect of your life. And with more and more young men and women falling prey to the deadly disease, the topic has become a real cause of concern. It is very common to lose confidence in your heart’s ability to work under stress after an attack. And if you have had open heart surgery, your partner would be all the more concerned that the sexual activity might harm you.
American Heart Association (AHA) has released a statement on sexual activity and cardiovascular disease about when it is safe to resume sexual activity after a heart attack- which is probably sooner than you assume.
Before we give you the final answer what doctors at American Heart Association say, it would be good to note an important fact about Heart attack and its connection with sex.
Fact: Less than 1% heart attacks have known to occur during sexual activity. Change in heart rate and blood pressure response is same in men and women during sexual activity, which is maximum during the last 10-15 seconds of orgasm. This also rapidly turns to normal after the orgasm. The activity, as per the doctors, is equivalent to climbing two flights of stairs in young and middle aged people, whereas in older adults, this is little more.
Experts say that the risk of heart attack during sexual activity in men is just as low as the risk in men who have no coronary artery disease. And same goes for the women as well.