Sex vs. Heart

Sex and Heart Failure
Can someone still have sex after heart failure is diagnosed?

 
Most people with heart failure can continue sexual relations once symptoms are under control. They may feel more comfortable and confident when following certain guidelines suggested for heart patients:

  • Choose a time when you're rested, relaxed and free from the stressful feelings brought on by the day's schedules and responsibilities.
  • Avoid having sex right after eating a heavy meal.
  • Select a familiar, peaceful setting that's free from interruptions.
  • If you start to feel uncomfortable or tired during intercourse, stop and rest for a short time.
There's no reason why heart patients can't resume usual sexual activity as soon as they feel ready to do so. However, if your condition is severe and you can't tolerate exercise, you may need to find less demanding ways to express love and affection. You could spend time hugging, kissing and touching instead.

People with heart failure should remind themselves that it's OK if they're not ready to have sex right away. Feelings like stress, anxiety and depression are natural after a serious health diagnosis and often cause a loss of interest.
 
Patients will need to work with their partners to demonstrate their love in other ways.

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