Health Risk

07.25.131:30 PM ET

Women Fear Sex Post-Heart Attack

Concerned about a recurrence.

According to research, women tread lightly after having a heart attack, and many are afraid to, well, do the deed. Sixty percent of women are less sexually active after a heart attack, the American Journal of Cardiology says. Many of the women who become abstinent fear having sex may trigger another heart attack. In a study of women who ranged from age 43 to 75, they understood a sex life was part of a normal, happy partnership but were still afraid. Researchers suggest exercise in order to gear up for sex and asking doctors if it’s OK to have sexual activity.