Managing stress is also an important part of managing your heart condition.
You should be aware that you may experience feelings of depression, anxiety or fear because of your heart disease. These emotions can be distressing and affect your overall sense of well-being.
Such emotional stress may cause your heart to work excessively, and worsen your symptoms. Hence, it is important that you:
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Most people with heart failure can continue sexual activity once their symptoms are under control. Just like any other activity, you should only go ahead when you DO NOT experience any physical discomfort such as shortness of breath and/or chest pain.
If your condition is severe and sexual intercourse is difficult for you, try other ways of being physically intimate with your partner. You may want to consider less energy demanding ways such as hugging, kissing and mutual forms of sexual stimulation other than intercourse.
Some people with heart failure may experience sexual difficulties. Do consult your doctor or an occupational therapist if you are experiencing difficulties.
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