Many people delay having sex for too long because they do not talk to their doctors about safe timing.
Heart patients benefit from counseling about when it is safe to resume sex, according to a recent study. Patients who had been sexually active before a heart attack were 1.5 times more likely to resume their previous level of sexual activity if they received counseling about when to do so prior to discharge from the hospital.
Researchers found that patients who had a heart attack or an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) unnecessarily delayed or refrained from sex if they did not receive counseling from a doctor before they left the hospital.
Even after a year, only 41 percent of men and 24 percent of women reported discussing with their doctor when and how often they could resume having sex.
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The researchers, from the University of Chicago, University of Missouri, and Yale University, surveyed 1,879 patients who had been hospitalized for an AMI. They found that less than a half of men surveyed and about a third of women recalled receiving instructions about when they could safely resume sexual activity before they left the hospital. Even after a year, only 41 percent of men and 24 percent of women reported discussing with their doctor when and how often they could resume having sex.