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Experts issue guidelines on sexual activity for cardiovascular patients
Studies have shown that people with cardiovascular disease – especially those with pacemakers – experience a decrease in their quality of life due to fears over sexual activity. But experts at the American Heart Association (AHA) report that having sex is safe for these patients if they follow certain recommendations.
First, people should talk to their healthcare providers about sexual activity and whether it's safe for them. Women should ask specifically about how birth control or pregnancy can affect their heart health, and post-menopausal women should talk about estrogen treatments with their doctors. Men are advised to inquire about drugs for erectile dysfunction.
The AHA recommends that people with heart disease undergo an assessment to determine whether sexual dysfunction is related to their cardiovascular system. Additionally, the organization reports that physical activity may help enhance sexual abilities.
It's important for people with cardiovascular disease to adhere to their heart medication regimen, even if the drugs have a detrimental effect on sexual function.
Adults should remember that it's still possible to contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in old age, underscoring the importance of condom use and regular testing for STDs.