Resuming Sexual Activity After a Heart Attack
You may be afraid to resume sexual activity after a heart attack. But it's not true that resuming sex after a heart attack can cause another heart attack, stroke, or sudden death. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns. But you can resume sexual activity as soon as you feel ready for it.
Several things may discourage you from resuming sexual activity with your partner after a heart attack.
Professional counseling may help you to understand and deal with these feelings.
When you and your partner decide to start having sex again, it might be helpful to keep in mind the following:
If you take nitroglycerin or other nitrates, either regularly or when needed for chest pain, do not use erection-enhancing medicines, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). Taking these medicines together can cause a drop in blood pressure, dizziness, and fainting. But experts agree that for men with stable coronary disease who are not taking nitroglycerin, erection-enhancing medicines are safe.
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