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Sex after a heart attack: why many avoid it

After going through the experience of a life-threatening heart attack, many patients are justifiably terrified of having another — perhaps one they won’t survive — and some avoid sex for this reason. If their doctors took the time to discuss the resumption of sexual activity, however, women recovering from heart attacks have reported in a new study that they’d be far more likely to return to their former sex lives.

Unfortunately, very few cardiologists broach the topic of sex, especially with their female patients, according to research published last week in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers extensively interviewed 17 female heart attack patients and found that very few of their doctors discussed resuming sex unless the women asked directly for guidance.

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