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What are some tips for confronting sexual issues for those with heart failure?

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Heart failure can affect all aspects of your life, including having the energy, desire, or ability to participate in sexual intercourse. Here are some tips to help you and your loved one deal with the physical and emotional challenges of sexual relationships:

  • Talk openly with your partner.
  • Find different ways to show affection.
  • Have sex when you are rested and physically comfortable.
  • Have realistic performance expectations. You may need to modify your sexual practices to decrease the energy required.
  • Be caring, loving, and honest with each other.
  • Your medications may affect arousal and sexual performance.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

From: Living With Heart Failure WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure" and "How can I Live With Heart Failure?"

Heart Failure Society of America: "Learn More About Heart Failure."

 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Heart Failure" and "How can I Live With Heart Failure?"

Heart Failure Society of America: "Learn More About Heart Failure."

 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

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