Heart disease and sex - Is it safe?

Sex is an essential part of any healthy relationship between two consenting adults. Normally, sex is considered to be a moderate form of exercise similar in activity to climbing one or two flights of stairs. The problem arises when a person is afflicted with heart diseases. “Is it safe to have sex when you have a heart condition?” is the common question arising on people’s minds.

Are you healthy enough for sex?

In order to maintain a healthy quality of life and stay in sync with your partner, spending some intimate moments are absolutely necessary. The primary concern for people suffering with some form of heart disease is whether the act will cause a heart attack. For those with a stable heart disease, this should not be a cause for worry, even though sexual activity does increase the heart rate. Your risk of a heart incident (stroke) during sex is almost the same as that of a person without any heart ailments. It should be a matter of concern only if you exhibit any such symptoms wherein you run a risk of having a heart attack during sex. These symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Nausea or indigestion

Sex benefits for a healthy heart

Contrary to popular belief, sex may have heart-healthy benefits associated with it. There are studies backing this thought that men who engage in sex at least twice a week and women who lead a satisfying sex life are actually less prone to a heart attack. As sex is a form of exercise, it helps strengthen the heart, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and aids in better sleep – all this, in addition to the fact that intimacy leads to increased bonding between the partners. The bonding can lower feelings of depression, loneliness, and anxiety, all of which are factors leading to greater heart attack risk.

Thanks to early screening and detection as well as sophisticated, timely interventions, heart diseases can no longer stand in the way of you getting intimate with your partner. Unless otherwise advised by your health care practitioner, most people with cardiovascular problems can perform sexual activities without any fear.

Why choose Dr K G Deshpande Memorial Center?

Dr. K G Deshpande memorial center is a well-renowned place that has the latest technology to deal with cardiac emergencies. Everyday scores of patients visit this center situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra owing to the best medical facilities provided at an affordable cost. The center has a team of highly qualified and dedicated doctors who work tirelessly day and night to cater to the medical needs of patients. It has a state-of-the-art proprietary open-heart surgery center, which makes it a preferred choice for patients. If you have any questions related to your heart health, visit this center to address your medical problems today!


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Heart disease and sex – Is it safe?

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