Although you may be weak, tired, or experiencing chest
soreness as a result of your surgery, many people with coronary artery disease
(CAD) can work their way back up to normal activity levels by participating in
a structured cardiac rehabilitation program or by working with their doctor to
develop a home exercise program.
Making changes in your lifestyle
Your doctor probably told you that
certain aspects of your lifestyle (such as smoking, an unhealthy diet, or high
stress) make your cardiac health worse. Now that you have had your diseased
arteries repaired with open-heart surgery, you want to be sure that your CAD
does not get worse. In particular, it is important to keep your new bypass
grafts healthy. Your doctors, nurses, or rehabilitation team members can help
you take steps to quit smoking, start eating a heart-healthy diet, and reduce
the stress in your life.
Resuming sexual activity
You will be able to resume sexual activity after
you recover from surgery. But several factors may discourage you from resuming
- You may have fears about your performance.
- You may be
afraid you will have
angina or even a heart attack.
Professional counseling may help you to understand and deal
with your fears.
When you and your partner decide to start having
sex again, it might be helpful to keep in mind the following:
- Talk honestly to your partner about your concerns and
- Be aware that anxiety on the part of either partner and
the use of some medicines may interfere with sexual arousal and
- Talk to your doctor about any difficulties.