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Wednesday, 07 August 2013
The American Heart Association journal Circulation and the European Heart Journal released the first scientific joint statement encouraging healthcare professionals to counsel heart and stroke patients on how to resume a healthy sex life.
The statement is the first to provide “how to” information about resuming sexual activities and applies to patients who have had a heart attack, heart transplant, stroke, received an implanted heart device, or have other heart conditions, as well as their partners.
“Patients are anxious and often afraid sex will trigger another cardiac event – but the topic sometimes gets passed over because of embarrassment or discomfort,” Elaine Steinke, PhD., lead author of the statement and professor of nursing at Wichita State University in Kansas, was quoted as saying. Researchers have discovered that it’s less awkward for the patient if healthcare providers bring up ‘the sex talk’ than if the patients did so themselves.
For more information go to: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/07/29/CIR.0b013e31829c2e53.full.pdf+html
SOURCE: Circulation and European Heart Journal, July 2013