Guidelines cover how to counsel heart attack patients about sexual activity

07/31/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Most heart attack patients can safely have sex, and guidelines from the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions recommend that clinicians provide tailored and specific counseling on the subject. The report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association and European Heart Journal said clinicians often fail to provide counseling, and better strategies are needed to make them more comfortable discussing sex. "Patients are anxious and often afraid sex will trigger another cardiac event -- but the topic sometimes gets passed over because of embarrassment or discomfort," said Wichita State University nursing professor Elaine Steinke, who chaired the writing committee.

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