9 Curiosities About Heart Attacks Before You Have One

WILL I HAVE TO HAVE SURGERY?

If you reach the hospital quickly, doctors may try to open up your coronary arteries mechanically in a procedure known as coronary angioplasty. A thin tube with a balloon at the tip is threaded up from your groin to your coronary artery, and a small amount of dye is injected so that the site of the blockage can be seen using an x-ray video. The balloon is inflated to widen the artery, and when the tube is withdrawn, a small metal coil known as a stent is usually left in place to keep the artery open and prevent further blockages. Some stents can also release medication to keep the artery clear.

 

CAN I EXERCISE AFTER A HEART ATTACK?

Exercise actually lowers your risk of suffering a second heart attack, but talk to your doctor to find an exercise routine that is safe for you. Doctors may recommend cardio like walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming to help strengthen the heart muscle. Never start training until the doctor gives you the all-clear.

 

WILL I BE ABLE TO HAVE SEX AFTER A HEART ATTACK?

Once your doctor gives you the green light to engage in moderate exercise, it’s safe to be intimate. Most people are able to start having sex again within two or three weeks of having a heart attack, but always check with your doctor first and be sure to tell them if you’re experiencing any chest pain or heart palpitations.

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