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Heart Health

15 November 2011

Fear of shock may curb sex

For people with implantable cardioverter defibrillators, the life-saving device may come at a cost.

For people with implantable cardioverter defibrillators, the life-saving device may come at a cost: Fear of it firing a shock to the heart during sex drives some to avoid lovemaking altogether.

These fears are warranted, said study author Dr. Steven Cook, director of adult congenital heart disease at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. "It's a huge deal that no one talks about sexual function with these patients," Cook said.

 

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