Harvard Women's Health Watch

Sex and your heart

Heart disease doesn't have to bring your love life to a halt.

Having heart disease—or a past heart attack—can disrupt your life in so many ways. For one thing, it can make you pause before doing activities you didn't think twice about in the past—including having sex.

A study published last year in The American Journal of Cardiology found that 60% of women are less sexually active after a heart attack. Although the study didn't get into the reasons why women stop having sex, it suggested that one cause for this abstinence is the fear that sex will trigger a repeat heart attack. Yet it is still possible to have a healthy, active sex life with heart disease.

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