There are several ways that love could be shown among couples including making love. Nevertheless, sudden death during sexual intercourse occasionally happens due to cardiovascular disease, especially in case of undiagnosed or overlooked conditions.
Most people might wonder whether patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease could have a safe sexual activity. Find out our answer from expert cardiologist here.
“As long as the patients are able to safely climb stairs for 3 floors without being tired or shortness of breath, the patients could have sex safely.” Although, during having sexual intercourse, heart rate increases quickly up to 120 beats/min, this period typically lasts only for 1 minute shortly before having orgasms.
Lifestyle modification is crucially important to reduce risks of developing aggravating symptoms. Appropriate exercise and activities could be greatly advised by cardiologists in order to prevent strenuous activity which might overwork the heart. Warning signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease generally include palpitation, racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, sudden and severe chest pain, severe fatigue or weakness, lightheadedness, dizziness, sweating and fainting (syncope) or near fainting.
After sexual activities, if abnormal signs and symptoms exhibit, it is highly recommended to fully rest in bed without moving and walking. In case that movement is needed, it must be slowly done. Medical attention must be sough immediately if symptoms do not improve.
More importantly, patients with cardiovascular disease should strictly avoid using substances that cause arousal or sexual desire, certain drugs such as Viagra (Sildenafil), alcoholic beverages and unusual sex positions. Particularly in patients who recently underwent heart surgery, special advices given by cardiac specialists for activities and exercise are vital in order to maintain heart function appropriately. Additionally, couples could help noticing any abnormal manifestations. If any warning signs are suspected, immediate care is urgently required.
Paying your attention to your heart
Even though regular exercise greatly improves health status, exercise in patients with cardiovascular disease needs special guidelines to avoid heart to work excessively. To keep heart healthy, our recommendations are:
Dr. Rapin Kukreja
Cardiologist, Bangkok Heart Hospital.
For more information, please contact:
Bangkok Heart Hospital
Tel: +662-310-3000 or 1719 (local call only)
Email: [email protected]