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Perspectives

Addressing sexual issues in patients with cardiac disease

Margaret J Redelman

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Abstract

Sexual dysfunction can be an unexpected part of cardiovascular disease for many patients and sexual issues should be raised in a sensitive manner.

Key Points

  • Primary care physicians and cardiologists can provide patients with cardiac disease with holistic care.
  • Sexual function may be an early warning sign of cardiac disease.
  • It is important to improve the quality of life and motivation for self-care in patients with cardiac disease.
  • Patients with cardiac disease who are in relationships are in a two-person system and the sexual health of both partners needs to be considered.

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