and heart disease
to the British Heart Foundation, sex in a long-standing relationship does
not put undue stress on the heart and if you can climb up and down two
flights of stairs briskly without symptoms (such as chest pain or breathlessness)
you are unlikely to have any problems during sex. Sex is no more strenuous
on the heart than many ordinary daily activities.
After a heart
attack, you can usually resume sexual activity after 2 - 3 weeks (but
check with your doctor).
If you get chest
pain during sex, tell your doctor. He or she will be able to prescribe
nitrates for you to keep by the bedside, which should help. If the pain
is really troublesome you may need coronary surgery.
If you have
a heart condition, don't have sex within 2 hours of a heavy meal or after
a hot bath.
You are very,
very unlikely to die during sex with a regular partner. In almost all
the cases where this has happened the man was having sex with an unfamiliar
partner (like Faure, President of France, who died in 1899 while having
sex in a brothel).