Heart attack survivors often need to be reassured by their doctors that it is perfectly safe for them to enjoy a normal sex life, it has been claimed.
A new study carried out in the United States showed that men in particular are wary of resuming sexual activity after a heart attack for fear it may place them in further danger.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has now moved to reassure people that "sex is safe, even after heart problems".
The charity acknowledged that both men and women may be wary of engaging in sexual conduct within the first 12 months of a heart attack happening and urged doctors to be more communicative with their patients in this respect.
Cathy Ross, cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Some people are scared of having sex after a heart attack in case the exertion causes another one. But this is extremely unlikely."
She added: "As with any other type of exercise, sexual activity can bring on symptoms if you've got a heart condition so keep medication like your GTN spray or tablets nearby."