People who have suffered heart attacks often see their sex life dwindle because they are afraid that lovemaking will put them back in hospital.
This is the conclusion of a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago, which uncovered a startling lack of advice on sex after a heart attack.
The investigation showed that men are 1.3 times more likely to experience a decline in sexual activity following a cardiac arrest, while women are 1.4 times more likely to have less sex.
It also revealed that less than half of men and only around a third of women are offered advice from their doctor about how to enjoy intercourse safely after a heart attack.
“People perceive it might kill them,” explained Dr Stacy Tessler Lindau, a gynaecologist at the university.
“And it’s not just the person with the heart attack, but also their partner,” she pointed out.
“If you can walk up two flights of stairs or do moderate exercise, then it’s OK to have sex.”
The publication of the study comes after the British Lung Foundation offered advice for people with lung disease on how to enjoy sex without damaging their health.