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When is it safe to have sex after a heart attack?

October 1, 2021

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Q. I am 62 years old and had a heart attack 10 days ago. When is it okay to resume sex and should I be extra careful at first?

A. Most men can resume regular sexual activity once they can engage in mild-to-moderate physical activity without issues, such as 10 to 20 minutes of brisk walking or climbing one or two flights of stairs. That means no symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, or extreme fatigue with exertion. For most men, that’s about two weeks. However, check with your doctor. There might be reasons why your doctor would advise waiting a bit longer.

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