Our expert says:
OK, depression can add to the risk of a heart attack, and vice versa. And apart from medication effects, men can easily feel scared ( without of course wanting to admit it ) that they may be at risk of another heart attack if they take part in sex : and indeed this later turned ou to be part of your husband's concerns here. In fact, many specialist cardiologists, while not recommending it in the ICU, consider regular ordinary sex to be useful exercise for the heart. Interestingly, research shows that a severe heart attack while engaged in sex with one's spouse is not at all common ; though it is rather more common when engaged with a mistress.
Then there is the problem of drug effects, not only of antidepressant but a number of other drugs can also be relevant.
No AD causes ED in everyone who takes them ( and when it does arise - or not arise, perhaps - a different AD may well be free of this annoying effect ); and some of the more recently available ones seem to cause it rarely if at all.
Now, counselling with a professional counsellor would be ideal ( and even your cardiologist may know one who often works with cardiac patients ) but it sounds as though you are doing a really good job so far.
WOuld he perhaps agree to see a counsellor WITH YOU, as the issue obviously affects both of you, and you can tell him this would make you feel a great deal better, and help you learn how to continue to be helpful to him after the counselling is done ?
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