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Swedish heart patients to receive sex life advice

Researchers from Linköping University in east Sweden have compiled a guide for healthcare workers on how to handle questions from heart attack patients about their sex lives.

For those who have suffered heart attacks or who have had heart implants, the resumption of an active sex life can be associated with a certain degree of uncertainty and it is often an area that doctors feel ill-equipped to deal with.

Among the recommendations included in the new guide is that doctors need to be more pro-active in discussing sex with patients and they need to evaluate each patient according to their specific conditions.

Ann Sannegård, heart specialist at Stockholm's Danderyd hospital told Swedish Radio News that the guide should support her work.

"Many patients are probably worried that sex will make them have another heart attack. I think that these sorts of guidelines could help us to sit down with our patients and speak more openly about this issue," Sannegård said.

Some 30,000 people a year suffer heart attacks in Sweden.

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