February 29, 2016

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Saralyn Mark, MD
Staying sexually active after a heart attack.
In my book, Stellar Medicine, I discuss the health benefits of life's pleasures including sex and even share a story about my medical training when the issue of sex after a heart attack was discussed. It is important for doctors to share this information and to also emphasize that intimacy even holding hands, can decrease stress levels and improve heart health.

After going through the experience of a life-threatening heart attack, many patients are justifiably terrified of having another — perhaps one they won’t survive — and some avoid sex for this reason. If their doctors took the time to discuss the resumption of sexual activity, however, women recovering from heart attacks have reported in a new study that they’d be far more likely to return to their former sex lives.

Unfortunately, very few cardiologists broach the topic of sex, especially with their female patients, according to research published last week in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers extensively interviewed 17 female heart attack patients and found…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.