Patients with heart conditions generally share concerns about how safe sex is for their condition. This is a justifiable concern in view of the intense anxieties associated with leaving sex out of your life. There are new guidelines to assist cardiac patients in having heart safe sex. Doctors Health Press reported on Nov. 6, 2015, KiTOMI offers a new approach to heart safe sex.
A fear of aggravating their condition often leads heart patients to a change their orientation towards sex with a decline in sexual activity. This generally results from self-imposed restrictions which are based on misconceptions about the relative risk of having sex. A new study has made an effort to offer physicians better guidelines to help them advise heart patients on what sexual activity may be safe for them. The new guidelines use a new acronym as a reference which is KiTOMI. This stands for “kissing and touching, oral sex, masturbation, and intercourse.”
A decision tree is created with KiTOMI which categorizes heart patients into “low-risk, intermediate-risk, and high-risk groups.” There is advice offered on which conditions fit into each category and which KiTOMI sexual activities can be engaged in safely. For low risk patients their conditions are not likely to be aggravated by intercourse. A full spectrum of KiTOMI activities is available to these patients.
With intermediate risk patients there is a possibility intercourse will trigger symptoms. These patients are advised to settle for KiTOM or everything but intercourse. In high risk patients their unstable heart diseases are most likely to be set off during intercourse. Physicians are advised to counsel these patients to restrict themselves to simply KiT, or kissing and touching.
Medical Xpress reports on this study from the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Researchers have addressed misconceptions dealing with the perceived dangers of sexual activities in cardiac patients. Lead author Ricardo Stein, MD, DSc, of the Cardiology Division of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, says an extensive review of the literature has enabled the researchers to dismiss many myths dealing with the advisability of sexual activity in cardiac patients.
It seems that overall the risk of death during sex for the majority of clinically stable heart patients is very low. Overall this offers good news for cardiac patients who may now find themselves more at ease enjoying sex as part of their lives.