Doctors urged to give sex activity advice to heart patients

11 May 2012

People who do not receive advice on returning to sexual activity by a medical professional after recovering from heart problems could end up refraining from sex in the future.

This is according to new research which has been published in the American Journal of Cardiology and highlights how doctors can help their patients return to a normal way of life.

In the study, it was revealed that people who receive words of advice about sexual activity following serious heart problems are one and a half times more likely to enjoy a healthy and happy sex life in the years ahead than those who did not.

Natasha Stewart, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), admitted that it can be embarrassing for patients and doctors to talk about such topics.

However, she pointed out: "By including information about sex in the rehabilitation process, doctors can make sure people are fully informed about how best to return to their normal activities."

Figures by the BHF show how common heart problems are in the country, with an estimated 124,000 heart attacks recorded in the UK each year and around 750,000 Brits having suffered heart failure in the past.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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