Your sex life doesn’t have to change after a heart attack. Angina and heart attacks are quite common now and they do affect young and active people. But with the advancement of medical science you can definitely lead a normal and active life. All that you need to do is modify your lifestyle and eating habits and incorporate a regular exercise and treatment routine. And you can even resume your normal sex life as well.
The most common sexual problem that you can suffer as a heart patient are psychological and has little to do with your heart problems. Your fear, worries and depression post heart attack may reduce your sexual desires. Some time you even worry that if you have sex that excitement may cause a heart attack.
Now men who have a heart attack may suffer from impotency, premature or delayed ejaculation, but these problems may have existed before aginal conditions or heart attack. Some drugs like beta blockers and diuretics used to treat heart patients may be responsible for a decrease in libido or impotency.
Normal sexual activity is not very strenuous as is much less as compared to carrying a heavy weight of ten to twelve kgs, fast walking or playing a game of golf. The maximum heart rate achieved during sexual intercourse averages at 120 beats per minute which is same as you carry a little heavy groceries.
Load on the heart during sexual activity depends on the level of excitement and even the posture adopted. But before resuming your sex life heart patients should consult their cardiologists.