7 common questions about sex and cardiovascular disease

What is the effect of sex on the heart?

From the onset of activity, it causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. These continue to increase with sexual arousal, reaching a peak during the moments of orgasm. Once this point is reached, it quickly returns to the starting point.

Can sexual activity be resumed after suffering a heart problem?

Generally speaking, after a heart attack, it is recommended to wait at least one week before resuming sexual relations. In the case of cardiac surgery, the estimated time is between six and eight weeks.

It is important to consult with the specialist to resolve any doubts and to do it safely. In some cases, it may be advisable to undergo a cardiac rehabilitation program, which serves to improve the quality of life of patients (including sexual activity).

Is it possible to suffer angina pectoris or a heart attack during sexual intercourse?

It is true that sexual activity is usually associated with an increase in the chances of suffering a myocardial infarction. Despite this, the risk is very low (less than 1%) especially in people who exercise and have sex frequently.

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As for angina pectoris, if it does not occur during moderate physical activity, it rarely occurs during sexual activity.

Is it possible to suffer sudden death during sexual intercourse?

The chances are very low. It may occur in cases of sexual intercourse outside the usual environment and after heavy meals or excessive alcohol consumption.

Can people with heart failure have sexual intercourse?

In case of shortness of breath with small efforts, it is advisable to avoid sexual activity. People with heart valve problems should follow the same indications.

Can sexual activity be affected by taking heart medications?

With the latest treatments, the likelihood of this happening is very low. However, sometimes they can have this side effect.

Can people with heart problems take medications for erectile dysfunction?

No. These medications must have been previously recommended by a Urology specialist. In such a case, there is no inconvenience when their use is avoided together with nitrate drugs. It is important to consult with a specialist to avoid any doubt and to have complete information.