New Guidance For Heart Patients Having Sex
January 23, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
HOUSTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) — Heart patients who can climb two flights of stairs or walk briskly without symptoms should be able to have sex, U.S. researchers say.
Dr. Glenn Levine of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and colleagues, who worked on the scientific statement for the American Heart Association, said it is reasonable for patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease to receive a comprehensive evaluation from their healthcare provider before resuming sexual activity.
However, heart patients with unstable disease or severe symptoms should be stabilized before attempting sex, Medpage Today reported.
The new guidance, published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, was endorsed by several other professional societies, including the American College of Cardiology and American Urological Association.