Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Sex Safe After Heart Attack?

Monday, 05 Mar 2012 09:41 AM

Question: My husband is 55 and is recovering from his second heart attack. He wants to resume our sex life, but I’m worried that he will have another heart attack. Is sex safe for a man like him?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
After a heart attack, it is common to fear that any type of sexual activity will provoke another one. People feel that if they've had a heart attack, stress to their bodies with sexual activity would cause harm. But fewer than 1% of heart attacks are precipitated that way. Sex can be considered as a form of exercise, and if your doctor has asked you to resume physical activity, you're also likely to be safe for sex. However, similar to any type of exercise, if you begin to feel symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, or palpitations, slow down. If it is angina, which is temporary pain or pressure in the chest when the heart doesn't get enough oxygen, it might help to take your nitroglycerin.

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If your doctor has cleared you for physical activity following a heart attack, it is also likely to be ok to have sex.
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