Sex After a Heart Attack
Sex After a Heart Attack: Resuming Your Romantic Life
In the weeks and months after a heart attack, it's normal for patients to
have sex less frequently. But when they're ready to resume, they should proceed
gradually and without fear, experts say.
"Think of sex as a particularly enjoyable workout," Sotile writes in his
book, "Thriving with Heart Disease."
He advises heart attack patients to pace themselves and ease back into
sexual activity. It's also best to try to have sex only when patients feel
rested and relaxed.
Experts also recommend waiting from one to three hours after eating a meal
to allow for digestion.
Regular exercise helps, too. "We encourage people with heart problems to get
in the best shape of their lives," Thomas says. When people become more fit,
their hearts are better able to handle the demands of physical activity,
Sex After a Heart Attack: Remember the Relationship
"Don't forget the relationship aspect of it," Sotile says. "To the extent
that your relationship is comfortable, you will be relaxed and you will much
more likely be able to function sexually.
"Heart disease gives you a second chance. Most of us in long-term
relationships could use some do-overs," he adds. "I encourage people to respond
to the wake-up call that heart disease delivers to make your life better."
Many heart attack survivors have told Sotile that they've become more
"caring, loving and patient" after their heart attacks.
"If you take that same set of attitudes into the bedroom, your sex life can
be better than it was," he says.