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BBC News – Heart attack survivors ‘fear sex’

Posted: May 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on BBC News – Heart attack survivors ‘fear sex’

Heart attack survivors "fear sex" and thus have less of it, unless they're given information about how sexual activity may or may not affect them. According to a BBC report of a US study, "The team told an American Heart Association meeting that those whose doctors failed to talk to them about sex were most likely to avoid it. […M]en were 30% and women 40% more likely to report having less sex a year on, compared with before their heart attack, if they had not been given information on resuming sexual activity."

Dr Stacy Tessler Lindau, who led the study of 1,700 people, said, "Most heart attack patients are sexually active. But for the most part, physicians just aren't discussing this topic with their patients after a heart attack." The study found that "less than 40% of men and 20% of women talked to their doctors about sex in the 12 months after their heart attack." In fact, the chance of sex killing you "is really small," but dramatic TV shows & movies may mislead one otherwise.

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