Good news for heart patients on Valentine’s Day
A day before Valentine’s Day Padamshri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India & National Vice President Elect IMA said that there is little danger in having sex after a heart attack.
By: HEART CARE FOUNDATION OF INDIA
One should not be afraid of sex because of a heart attack.
Data from the Framingham Heart Study indicate that the baseline risk that a 50-year old, nonsmoking, non-diabetic man will experience a heart attack is about 1% per year, or one chance in a million in any hour. Since the relative risk of heart attack is about 2, engaging in sexual activity increases his risk to 2 in a million, and only for a two-hour period.
Exercise can reduce, and not increase the sexual risk of heart attack. There is a continuous benefit i.e. the more a person exercised, the less the risk.
Heart attack triggers are anger, heavy exertion, and getting out of bed in the morning. Added up, these triggers account for 17 percent of all heart attacks.
Sexual intercourse is rated as mild-to-moderate exercise (the equivalent of brisk walking half a mile or climbing a few flights of stairs). If one can tolerate exercise, one is probably physically ready for sex. Sex once a week poses only minimal risk and the doctor should encourage heart patients not to abstain from sex for fear of triggering a heart attack.
For a small number of patients, however, sex can be a real threat. According to a report in the American Journal of Cardiology, one may need to abstain from sex -- at least temporarily, till the conditions are under control - if one has any of the following conditions:
· Unstable angina: Chest pain that is either severe, becoming more frequent, or occurring during rest.
· The onset of angina or chest pain caused by heart problem.
· Uncontrolled high blood pressure
· Advanced heart failure marked by shortness of breath at rest
· A heart attack within the last two weeks
· Certain arrhythmias, abnormal heart rhythms, especially in the ventricles of the heart
· Cardiomyopathy or weak heart muscle
To help overcome fear and anxiety related to sex after a heart attack, one should avoid sex after heavy meals and do it only when rested under the cover of a soft, relaxing music and a comfortable room temperature.
About HCFI : The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on” Hands only CPR” of 29157 people since 1st November 2012.
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About the author: Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal is a Senior Consultant, Physician, Cardiologist at Delhi based Moolchand Medcity; President Heart Care Foundation of India; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council and Has served as the Research and Academic Wing Heads of National Indian Medical Association.