For most people with
arrhythmias, sexual activity does not necessarily need
to be limited because of the arrhythmia alone. If the arrhythmia is due to
other heart disease (for example, heart failure, angina, or a diseased heart
valve), symptoms of the other heart disease may get worse during any activity,
including sex, and arrhythmias may be more likely to occur.
Providing the other underlying heart disease is controlled,
however, sexual activity should not be a problem.
Imagine that you’ve just left your cardiologist’s office. He’s told you that you have to make some changes. Your blood pressure is way over the limit at 170 over 100 and your LDL cholesterol (that’s the “bad” kind) is hovering right around 200. He conducted an exercise cardiac stress test, putting you on the treadmill and increasing the speed and elevation periodically while monitoring your heart -- and he didn’t like the results.
The diagnosis: coronary artery disease (CAD).
Besides surgery or...
People who notice symptoms of their arrhythmias during sexual
activity should discuss this with their doctors. Some medicines can decrease
sexual drive and produce impotence. You should not stop taking these
medicines because of this; doing so would only lead to more frequent
arrhythmias. People who develop impotence as a side effect of their medicine
should discuss options with their doctors.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 09, 2010
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