Sexual activity is a common concern among people who live with
heart failure. Most people can enjoy sexual activity with some
minor changes. You and your partner can continue to share physical
closeness and emotional intimacy.
Experiment with new ways of being together. You may find
pleasure in giving foot or back massages, caressing and
Use common sense and avoid any strenuous activity if you are
feeling tired or if you have just eaten. Use positions that are
comfortable for you and cause you the least fatigue or
Certain medicines can affect sexual response. If you find a
change in your sexual desire, talk about it with your health care
The following are ways to reduce stress on your heart during sex:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-20-7
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