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Matters of the Heart
Reclaiming Intimacy After a Heart Attack

By Mary Damiano

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Talk to your doctor. People recovering from heart attacks often allow their sense of modesty to keep them from discussing this subject with their physicians. 
Wait several hours after a full meal to allow for digestion..

According to the American Heart Association, fears about sexual performance, coupled with general depression can reduce sexual interest. Caregivers should be aware that their loved ones may feel depressed during their recovery period. This is normal, and in 85 percent of the cases, the depression goes away within three months. Try not to let this cycle magnify any previous sexual problems between partners.

Donít rush things. Choose a time when you and your partner are relaxed and can put the stress of the day behind you.

Choose a setting free from interruptions and distractions

Sexual activity is usually no more strenuous than climbing two flights of stairs


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