You may need more than a female lubricant to get physically intimate after a heart attack.

Let’s talk about sex post-heart attack, says AHA

Keeping the spark alive can be a challenge at any age, especially if you've been with your partner for several years. However, there are certain challenges that are considerably more common among older couples – and that may take a little more than a new natural lubricant to remedy. One such issue is how to rekindle physical intimacy after you or your partner has suffered a heart attack, and whether or not you even should.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 715,000 Americans experience cardiac arrest each year. This event can be traumatizing, and may make you feel weak and vulnerable as you struggle to recover physically and mentally. Suddenly, activities that you thought nothing of engaging in before your heart attack become a source of intimidation and fear. Unfortunately, intimacy with your partner is often one of them.

In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) recently addressed this issue in a set of new guidelines about sex after a heart attack.

"Time constraints or just plain embarrassment should not be an excuse for avoiding these topics that are essential to the cardiac patient's mental and physical health," said Tiny Jaarsma, R.N., of the European Society of Cardiology, which has played a key role in devising these recommendations. The directives include providing ongoing counseling regarding intimacy, including when patients are physically able to engage in physical intimacy and how to do so safely. 

In a response to these guidelines, CNN also featured a piece on sexual health post-cardiac arrest, and noted that women in particular may have trouble with arousal and could also require helpful aides such as female lubricants to help get back in the swing of things. Stay tuned for a follow-up post that provides a comprehensive review of these common sexual issues.

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