Monday, July 29 2013, 07:21 PM MDT
Living Life After a Heart Attack
(KUTV) Resuming a normal life can be terrifying for heart attack survivors. Now the American Heart Association wants cardiologists to tackle a sensitive subject with their patients.
For the first time, the American Heart Association has released a statement urging doctors to have a conversation with their patients about how to resume a healthy sex life after a cardiac event.
UCLA Cardiologist Sam Daneshvar says activity also includes intimacy. “Sexual activity is a form of physical activity and we try to assess what level of physical activity our patients are capable of doing."
Most patients can get back to their usual routines within two months after a heart attack. Doctors advise cardiac patients to seek prompt medical attention if any physical activity ever causes any chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abnormal heartbeats.
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