This has nothing to do with anesthesia other than we have providers who have had a MI.
Resuming sexual activity within a few months of an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with a significant increase in long-term survival, according to new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
The authors tracked nearly 500 sexually active patients who were hospitalized for a first AMI from 1992 to 1993. The average patient age was 53 years old and 90% were men. Each study participant reported their sexual activity for the year preceding the AMI and then three to six months following the AMI; they were then categorized as belonging in a “maintained/increased” group and an “abstained/decreased” group.
After a median follow-up period of 22 years, 43% patients participating in the study had died. Looking over the data, and accounting for a variety of other factors, the researchers found maintaining or increasing sexual activity after an AMI was connected to a 35% lower risk of mortality.
The study did have certain limitations, including its observational design and the high percentage of male participants, but the authors still believe their analysis can provide AMI patients with much-needed clarity.
“These findings should serve to reduce patients’ concerns about returning to their usual level of sexual activity soon after a heart attack,” Gerber said.