Erectile Dysfunction After Heart Attack: Ways To Cope

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Written by the UPGUYS Editorial Team Published on June 20, 2022

Did you know that men are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease 10 years younger than women?

This can lead to a load of other problems that negatively impact your life. One of those problems may be erectile dysfunction.

It may seem like you are stuck, life is at a standstill, and you're not sure where to go next. Your sex life has completely stopped, and your happiness is starting to go. Your relationship may even begin to suffer.

If you're dealing with erectile dysfunction after a heart attack, you'll want to read this article. We want you to know that you are not alone, and this is not the end of your sex life!

We'll give you advice on your next steps!

So You're Noticing Erectile Dysfunction After a Heart Attack ... What's Happening?

Because sex has many physical effects on the body, it's important to take it slow after a heart attack. However, if you have been taking it slow and are noticing that you are not able to get it up, you're probably curious about what is happening.

If you had a severe heart attack, it can be more difficult to participate in sexual activity. Your recovery time may be a bit longer.

If you are on medications after a heart attack, this can also affect your sex life and ability to get an erection. Be sure to talk to your doctor about medications for ED before going on them, as there may be interactions between the two.

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Never take any ED medication without your doctor's approval.

What Can You Do About It?

It can be extremely frustrating if your sex life is different after a heart attack. All you want is to get back to normal, and that seems so far away.

So what can you do to make a speedy recovery?

Can you take ED medicine?

The answer to this question depends a lot on the person that is suffering from ED symptoms. While it is common to suffer from erectile dysfunction symptoms, dealing with heart issues and ED can create an entirely different monster.

But that's not to say that you cannot take medication!

This article is written for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information provided in the articles cannot and should not replace advice from a healthcare professional. Talk to your healthcare provider about any physical or mental health concerns or the risks and benefits of any treatment or medication.

Since many ED medications cause your blood vessels to dilate, this can help you get an erection. However, this also means that it will affect other areas of your body, and this is important to know before going on them. It can also create a decrease in blood pressure due to the dilated blood vessels.

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There are also potential side effects with any medication you take, including erectile dysfunction medication. While not severe, it's important to know what types of side effects you may experience while on the medication. 

Because of the drop in blood pressure, many times, doctors will prescribe a nitrate to take along with these medications to make sure your blood pressure stays at a sturdy and healthy level.

Natural Remedies That May Help

If the idea of taking medication scares you since you may already be on some and don't want to mix, you can try out some natural remedies. Some are natural supplements, while others are just ways to change your lifestyle.

Try out therapy! Many times, after a heart attack, you may suffer from anxiety or even depression since your life suddenly changed before your eyes. Also, going through a heart attack is a life-threatening condition that can cause you to be anxious every day.

This certainly will not help with your sex life. Being able to talk about it may help. Not only will it help you with finding coping mechanisms, but it may also be a great place to heal your mind and worries about your health.

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You should also try to maintain a healthier lifestyle. This means that you need to quit smoking, start eating healthier, get more sleep, and exercise regularly. You should also watch your alcohol consumption and drug use.

Before you make too drastic of a change, be sure to talk to your medical professional to be sure that your changes are healthy for you! While some of these are not drastic, it's always best to ask!

How Long Until You Are Back to Normal?

Once again, this depends a lot on each individual person. This is when it is crucial to talk to your doctor so you do not try to rush into anything that may be dangerous for your health.

Every heart attack is different. That mean's everyone recovery time will also be different. There is no right answer for how long to wait to have sex or become physically active again.

Only your doctor will have an answer for you since they know your physical condition, your age, your genetics, and the experience you had with your heart attack. Always be sure to talk to your doctor! 

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How To Keep Your Penis Healthy

Erectile dysfunction after a heart attack is not an uncommon situation. And again, it may occur for different reasons. Everyone is different.

Dealing with the symptoms after a heart attack may be temporary as your body recovers, and your brain recovers from the trauma as well. That's why talking to your doctor is helpful with your individual situation.

If you find yourself in this situation, do not panic! Things will get better.

If you want to read through some of our other articles to see what other tips we have, please do! We have tips on sexual health, ED dysfunction, and more!

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Disclaimer
This article is written for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information provided in the articles cannot and should not replace advice from a healthcare professional. Talk to your healthcare provider about any physical or mental health concerns or the risks and benefits of any treatment or medication.