Depression after heart attack affects sexual life.New research has found impaired sexual function or new problems occur at the rate as a loss of general physical function and at a higher rate than the incidence of depression after heart attack.
The problem appears to be more common among womenthan men as the study said that more than half of women (59 per cent) and less than half (46 per cent) of men reported sexual function problems in the year after a heart attack.
one of the authors in charge of the study Harlan Krumholz, Professor at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut said “Too often the physicians and researchers are too embarrassed to ask about sexual health, and yet these issues are important to many people We need to concern ourselves with gaining knowledge about how to help our patients to achieve a high quality of life in all aspects of their lives.”
The participants in the study were from US hospitals. Of the 2,802 patientsincluded in the analysis, 1889 were women which is 67.4 per cent, median age was 49 years.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Cardiology, showed that if a physician talks to the patient about sexual health and function after a heart attack patient is more likely to resume sex.
However, women were less likely to be counselled by physicians on what to expect and more likely to have problems with sexual function as theygaiun recovery.
“The next step is to design optimal intervention to improve sexual function outcomes after heart attack for men and women,” study author Stacy TesslerLindau, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, noted.