An all new study done by a team from University of Chicago has reported that one month after heart attack, only about 12% of women and 19% of men received sexual counseling from their health care provider.
For this research, the researchers carried out interviews of about 3,501 heart attack patients in about 127 hospitals and one month later by telephone. Heart attack is an event that can lead to reduced sexual activity because people fear sex could trigger another heart attack.
Stacy Tessler Lindau, associate professor and director of the programme in integrative sexual medicine at University of Chicago’s medical centre, said, “Even with life-threatening illness, people value their sexual function and believe it is appropriate for health care providers to raise the issue of resuming sexual activity. Health care providers should let their patients know that for most it is OK to resume physical activity, including sexual activity and to return to work”.
The heart patients who reported that they received sexual counseling were given restrictions whereby they were most often told to limit sex by 35% and around 26% were told to take a more passive role or to keep their heart rate down by 23%.
Lindau added that health care providers can advice their patients to stop the activity and also notify them if they experience things like chest pain, shortness of breath or other concerning symptoms. If a health care provider does not raise the issue, then the patients should straight away ask themselves that whether it be OK for them to resume with the normal sexual activity, said Lindau.