Men's Health:Sex and the Heart- 7th December 2021 - 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Sex and the heart
The lecture will focus on (1) evaluation and management of cardiovascular risk in men with ED and no known CVD and (2) cardiac risk associated with sexual activity in men with known CVD.
Several prospective studies have investigated the CV response to sexual activity including intercourse, and found that it is similar to mild to moderate daily non sexual effort. Several of these studies have been performed using ambulatory electrocardiography and blood pressure monitoring comparing heart rate, electrocardiographic and blood pressure responses during sexual activity and other normal daily activities.
Casual sex may involve a greater cardiac workload because of lack of familiarity and age mismatch. Using our knowledge of METs, we can advise patients on sexual activity using a simple comparison with other activities such as walking 1 mile (1.6 km) on the level in 20 minutes