Are sexual relations recommended after a heart attack

In commemoration of World Heart Day, the Center of Urology, Andrology and Sexual Medicine of the Rosselló Medical Institute is very aware that one of the main fears of a patient who has suffered a heart attack is whether he/she will be able to recover his/her sexual activity without additional risks to his/her health and pathology.

That is why they are particularly interested in showing patients who have suffered a heart attack that it is possible to resume their activity and, of course, this includes recovering their sex life.

One of the main fears that a person who has suffered a heart attack has is whether physical activity and, in particular, sexual relations, will pose a risk to their health. This thought generates anxiety in the patient and can lead to estrangement with the partner if intimate encounters are avoided, for fear of forcing the heart rate, without explanation.

However, far from being a problem, sexual activity can be healthy and reinforce self-confidence. Some advice that can be followed is to do a previous training, both physically and mentally. At the Rosselló Medical Institute’s Urology, Andrology and Sexual Medicine Center, they have a multidisciplinary team that includes a urologist, an andrologist, a nutrition unit, a psychology unit and a physical trainer to help the patient initiate sexual encounters progressively and safely.

A key point in approaching the patient’s new situation is the role of the couple and maintaining fluid communication. Understanding on the part of the couple and their inclusion in the new lifestyle is important. Likewise, seeing a specialist in Sexual Medicine together, if necessary, is essential to guarantee the success of the treatment. Dr. Rosselló Barbará, the Center’s medical director, states that “in consultation we have found that the degree of support provided by couples when it comes to recovering their sexual health, in patients who have suffered heart attacks, is very high. They get involved in taking concrete measures (usually in diet and exercise) to improve the patient’s quality of life.”

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From the Center of Urology, Andrology and Sexual Medicine of the Rosselló Medical Institute they detect that, more and more, there is concern among fathers and mothers to take care of their children’s nutrition. That’s why they celebrate that this year’s World Heart Day campaign emphasizes not only taking care of oneself, but also contributing, as much as possible, to taking care of the health of the family.