SEX AND HEART DISEASE

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I’ll bet that title will arouse some attention! Well, after hearing for the umpteenth time, “if you suffer from heart disease, always check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe to have sex,” I thought I’d share my perspective.

First, checking with your doctor IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HAVING SEX WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND SEEING IF YOU SURVIVE!!

Now that we’ve cleared that up, what kind of exam would a qualified doctor perform to measure risk factors?

They would review:

  • your family history

  • your personal history

They would perform an exam checking:

  • blood pressure, pulse rate, heart sounds (auscultation with a stethoscope.) They would check for arterial bruits (with a stethoscope) in the neck, abdomen and upper legs (bruits- abnormal sounds indicating vascular compromise.)

If the exam was inconclusive, diagnostic testing could be ordered. Testing might include:

  • blood tests

  • chest x-ray

  • electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • echocardiogram

  • doppler ultrasound

  • stress test (with or without nuclear dye contrast)

  • angiography

  • cardiac catheterization

The purpose of these tests would be to determine anatomical abnormalities as well as stability of cardiac function. The physician would be assessing:

  1. reasons for short windedness

  2. abnormal heart rate

  3. arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

  4. decreased vascular flow to the heart

  5. heart valve structural integrity and function

  6. heart size

  7. heart damage (from previous cardiac occurrences)

If heart function was within normal parameters and pain (angina) was not experienced on exertion, doctors would likely approve “adult recreational activity” (also known as sex.) Even if there was a past history of acute cardiac distress including myocardial infarct (heart attack,) most doctors would relieve their patient’s concerns by encouraging their return to “normal adult behaviors” (once diagnostic testing determined the heart was stable.)

For a majority of us looking to avoid this embarrassing and financially expensive encounter with our physicians, I recommend avoiding cardiac disease in the first place. It really comes down to basics:

  • Eat healthy (80-90% of the time)

  • Exercise realistically (3-5X/week)

  • Reduce stress AND learn to channel stress in positive ways

  • Get required sleep (6-9 hours/night)

  • Create personal “down time”

  • View people and life from an optimistic perspective

These basic concepts improve the quality of living while minimizing the need for physician assistance. It also beats having to speed dial your doctor late at night to inquire whether your diagnostic testing has revealed a “thumbs up or thumbs down” conclusion just before experiencing an intimate evening.

Take care of your HEALTH so you can enjoy a life worth living under TERMS YOU DECIDE; not terms your blood work or diagnostic testing decides for you.

 

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28 comments

  1. Catchy title. I’d put questions like this in the same category with “Ask your doctor if (insert possibly harmful prescription drug here) is right for you.” How would your doctor determine if that drug was right for you? These are questions the American public should be asking.

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    1. If people are unwilling or unable to learn how to maximize their own health, they rely of doctors for direction. Those who VALUE their HEALTH and LIVES, incorporate the various components necessary to maintain GOOD HALTH. Those who don’t will take pills for the rest of their lives (in a large percetage of cases) and will NEVER truly experience the joy and quality of HEALTHY LIVING.

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  2. Very catchy title for sure and great insight! Yes preventing heart disease first would be best. I could see the person dialing! Great job

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    1. Would love to hear about the changes you’ve applied to your life to improve the chances for a healthier outcome. When I talk about it, it comes from a doctor’s mouth; when reader’s talk about it, it adds credibility and reality to the content.

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      1. Basically trying to lower fat content and cut out junk food. I walk at least 30 minutes a day. Lately have not been good about any of this due to stress etc. but trying my best

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        1. Thank you for sharing your HONESTY as well as your approach. Many will be able to relate to stress and the difficulties it imposes on lifestyles.

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          1. I guess at least now I am more aware and keep trying to get back to what I was doing! So at least a change in many ways. I still walk every day pretty much no matter what and watch fat content.

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            1. Every day offers a new opportunity for success. This doesn’t mean we have to do everything perfectly; it means we have a chance to add at least one more thing to our lives to improve our SELF VALUE. As we succeed, we begin to appreciate the KINDNESS we often deny OURSELVES! Don’t let STRESS blind you and tempt you to do self harm (disguised as self gratification.) You are worth more!!

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              1. That is so very true Jonathan!

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  3. Avoiding heart disease would be my first choice! πŸ™‚

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    1. Wouldn’t you think more people would stand with you and your choice to avoid heart disease. It still reigns as the #1 cause of death! Pills do NOT FIX heart disease; they are used by doctors to MANAGE IT at best. Rarely does a physician make certain their patient is complying with ALL the other NECESSARY COMPONENTS to RESTORE GOOD HEALTH and MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH.For many doctors, health imbalances are ONLY addressed by a pharmaceutical prescription. This is not doctoring; this is band-aiding. It is a physician’s duty to encourage compliance with healthier lifestyles as vehemently as they encourage compliance about taking prescription medication.

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      1. I so agree with you. I have an uncle who just because his doctor doesn’t tell him he is overweight believes he is healthy. I have a mother who continues to smoke because her doctor says her lungs look fine. I have many many stories of people who continue with bad habits or take meds to lower blood pressure or other things and will not change/learn/try alternatives because they “trust” their doctors. I say it’s also because they want the easy way out. If a doc says hey take this pill or never address their obesity then all is fine and will be. I just can’t anymore…. it’s very frustrating to help people that don’t want to help themselves. So I help the small handful that do care. I stand by avoiding heart disease. I’d much rather continue “doing it” than to have to ask my doc when I can! Teehee!😜 say yes to green drinks, exercise, good people around you, sunshine, and a dozen or so furry creatures that remind you to feed them! Have a happy Sunday!

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        1. Doctors quite often get hung up on lab values and prescription medication compliance. They forget to address “HEALTH” and the bigger picture, “PATIENT RESPONSIBILITY” beyond swallowing a pill!
          Thank you for sharing your family stories. Many readers will be able to relate.

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  4. I thoroughly appreciate the way you incorporate humour, medical information, and preventative strategies…..your posts are just so very engaging and compassionate…non-judgemental and multi-faceted…and, if you’ll pardon the pun, you have a wonderful bedside manner :). Thanks for sharing….you are, as ever, a blessing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Sweet truly unplugged, you are a blessing and a light to many lives. Thank you for being so kind and thoughtful as always.

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      1. Thank you! And, did I ever tell you that my first name is actually Truly? It just occurred to me that I may not have…funny, as much as I feel connected to you, to your spirit, something as telling you my name might have slipped my mind πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Sunday (and, every day after) πŸ™‚

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  5. Im just gona ​say it, Im ​really glad the test is not having sex with your doctor cuz mine is so overweight by a lot…pretty sure he wouldnt ​survive it and I really just dont want to…..hahaa! phew! Kidding aside another excellent post, truly your compassion knows no bounds! I love reading others comments too and think its so good of you to encourage us all to share! πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m sure that readers don’t realize I learn as much from them as they learn from me. I truly appreciate the comments that people share.

      I am constantly challenging MYSELF to discover new approaches to health topics to “spark” awareness to get people to see the necessity in changing current dangerous patterns of behavior into LIFE ENHANCING HEALTHIER ONES. I have learned that research, science, knowledge, etc… is not enough; it takes COMPASSION and understanding human behavior to help guide people rather than IMPOSING “right” and “wrong.” Within each of us is a “place” that reveals SELF VALUE AND SELF WORTH. Finding the “words” to help people discover this PLACE just may change their willingness to approach HEALTH and LIFE creating greater opportunities for QUALITY LIVING.

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  6. I can not tell you this enough…..reading your reply has just made me think one thing…I feel so fortunate to know you!! πŸ™‚

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  7. I’ve shared this on my blog “The Heart Source”, Dr Jonathon. I hope that’s OK. Your blog post was too good to not share πŸ™‚

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    1. I always appreciate it when readers are motivated to share my messages. Thank you for helping me help others!

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  10. I have had a pacemaker for a year and I am still scared even though the doctor has cleared me. I am not trying to promote my blog but you should take a look at my adventure having my pacemaker. Very good read! -Bruce

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    1. I appreciate your feedback. Your fear is very understandable. You have been through quite a lot and would obviously prefer not to repeat the situation. If your doctor cleared you, that is only the first step. Be patient with yourself and progress at a pace YOU are comfortable with. I am a big fan of GRADUAL POSITIVE STEPS. Take good care!

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