Intimacy is very important in life. Most people cannot live without sex forever. However, those who have heart disease or have had myocardial infarction may have doubts about sex and even worry about sex. Causes acute heart attack, leading to what is commonly known as “immediate wind”, which is sudden death caused by sexual intercourse. Can sex cause a heart attack? Can heart disease patients enjoy sex safely? This article will answer them one by one for you.
Q1: Can sex cause a heart attack?
A1: Sexual intercourse, like other aerobic exercise, will speed up the heartbeat in order to deliver enough oxygen to meet the body’s needs. Therefore, patients with coronary heart disease may have increased heart pressure due to sexual intercourse, causing angina or angina pectoris. Even myocardial infarction.
However, studies have shown that the chance of having a heart attack caused by sex is actually very small. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), among 10,000 people who have sex once a week, only 2 to 3 will have a myocardial infarction. status. Regardless of whether you have coronary heart disease or not, the chance of having a myocardial infarction during sex is very small. In fact, although sex increases heart rate and blood pressure, it is only about as high as climbing two flights of stairs.
Any exercise has risks. If you are worried that sex will cause a heart attack, then running, weight training and other exercises may also have the same result. However, if you avoid any form of exercise, it will increase the risk of heart disease, because exercise has Helps produce high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and prevents hyperlipidemia. In addition, exercise also improves your cardiopulmonary capacity and reduces the risk of myocardial infarction caused by sexual intercourse.
Q2: How can patients with heart disease have sex safely?
A2: For patients with a history of myocardial infarction or heart failure, there are certain risks in sexual intercourse or exercise. Therefore, they must receive “cardiac rehabilitation” through doctors and rehabilitation. The physiotherapist develops an exclusive rehabilitation plan and gradually improves the heart’s stress tolerance through planned training methods and training volume.
Generally speaking, if you can do exercises such as climbing stairs and jogging, then engaging in sexual activity is usually not a big problem. If you are not sure about your physical condition, you can consult a doctor. The doctor will evaluate whether you are suitable for sexual intercourse through professional examination and diagnosis.
Q3: In what situations do we need to avoid sex?
A3: Although the risk of sexual intercourse is not high, if you have unstable angina, heart failure (NYHA level 4) or severe arrhythmia (Arrhythmia), please avoid sexual intercourse temporarily and go to the hospital for diagnosis first. and treatment, and then decide when to resume sexual life based on the doctor’s advice.
In addition, patients who have undergone cardiac surgery should wait until the wound has fully recovered before considering having sex.
Q4: What should I do if my sexual desire and sexual ability have declined?
In addition to the risks mentioned above, patients with heart disease may suffer from shortness of breath or lack of energy during sexual intercourse, which may affect their or their partners’ satisfaction and willingness to have sex. Therefore, heart patients do not need to shy away from asking their doctors about their sexual concerns.
In addition, many people’s sexual desire is reduced due to heart disease. For example, men may have erectile dysfunction; women may suffer from vaginal dryness. If you have problems in this area, it is recommended that you seek medical examination. The doctor may treat you with medication to help the patient resume his sexual life.
Please avoid the following actions:
- Self-use of aphrodisiacs without a doctor’s instruction may cause the aphrodisiacs to combine with other blood pressure-lowering drugs or nitroglycerin tablets, resulting in low blood pressure.
- Stop taking heart disease medications without authorization to restore sexual desire or affect sexual function.
Other sexual behavior precautions and suggestions
Here are some suggestions and precautions that may help heart disease patients improve their sex life:
- People with heart disease can sit down to reduce the stress on the heart during sexual intercourse.
- Have sex at a comfortable, undisturbed time and place. Nervous or uneasy emotions will increase the pressure on the heart.
- If you have an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) installed, receiving an electric shock due to an irregular
heartbeat during sex will not affect your partner, but you still need to tell your partner at your next visit. Physician.
- If you experience obvious discomfort during sexual intercourse, please stop and rest immediately and observe your physical condition. If you develop chest pain and other symptoms suspected of myocardial infarction without signs of gradual improvement, please call 999 for medical treatment immediately. If your doctor prescribes sublingual glycerin tablets, please follow the instructions for use.