The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a scientific statement noting that sex is safe for the majority of heart disease patients and that patients should discuss the subject with their doctors.
"The AHA statement on sexual activity and heart disease is really a big step forward in medicine," says Dr. Deepak Bhatt, an interventional cardiologist and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. "Patients with heart disease often have questions about sexual activity and it is time to start discussing those issues openly."
While exercise has been an accepted way to help treat heart patients for years, many heart patients have been concerned about resuming sexual relations because of the strain it may put on their heart or any cardiac devices.
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