"We need to address the emotional and psychosocial issues, too," Steinbaum said.
So what can heart attack survivors do? "Know that you're not alone in having fears surrounding sexual activity," Abramsohn said. "And if you are concerned, bring it up with your doctor."
If you do that but still "feel you're not being heard," Steinbaum said, you can ask for a referral to someone who works with heart patients -- a social worker, psychologist or cardiac rehab nurse, for example.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about heart disease and sex.
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