Women fear engaging in sex after a heart attack, but do it anyway

New York, July 26 : Women heart-attack survivors desire more information about when it is safe to resume sexual activity after an attack, a new study has revealed.

Scientists surveyed 17 women, who had suffered heart attacks in the past two years, and most of them revealed that they started having sex again within a month of the attack, the New York Daily News reported.

But the ladies also admitted that they were fearful about the impact having sex would have on their weak hearts and had not received any help about it from healthcare professionals.

Meanwhile, just a handful of the women involved said that they had talked about the matter with their doctors.

When the issue was discussed, women were the ones who broached the topic and claimed that they were discontented with the information they had received.

The study was conducted on ladies, who were all married or in long-term relationships, and the average age was 60.

Scientists recommended that cardiologists should address their patient's sex-related concerns, while they are still recuperating in the hospital.

In a press release, lead author Emily M. Abramsohn, said that other members of the woman's health care team should continue the discussion throughout her recovery.

Abramsohn stated that it's important for you and your partner to know you're not alone in your confusion and fear about returning to sex after a heart attack.

She asserted that if your doctor isn't giving you information to help you feel more comfortable about it, it's important for you to ask them for it.

The American Heart Association said it is "probably safe" to have sex if your cardiovascular disease has stabilized.

The organization added that those with severe symptoms or whose cardiovascular disease is unstable should be treated and stabilized before they resume sexual activity.

The study was published online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

--ANI (Posted on 26-07-2013)

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