27 June 2014
One in five people suffering with a heart condition have ceased having sex as a result of the issue, new research has found.
According to a survey of Heart Matters readers by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), 20 per cent of people with heart conditions do not have sex, while one-third have intercourse less often.
In addition, one in five of the 1,500 people questioned said that they feared having a heart attack or cardiac arrest while having sex.
Doireann Maddock, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF, said that sexual dysfunction is one issue that patients need more support with.
"Sex is a hugely important part of life, but isn't getting the attention it deserves in the consultation room … problems like erectile dysfunction can often be tackled and rectified, but the first hurdle is identifying people who need that help," she added.
One way to help prevent the development of cardiovascular disease is to halve the amount of sugar people are currently consuming, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recently claimed.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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